Bangladesh border force seizes over 100,000 yaba tablets

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-11 19:47:45|Editor: ying
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DHAKA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh's border security force on Tuesday seized over 100,000 yaba tablets in the country's Cox's Bazar district, some 292 southeast of capital Dhaka, border officers said.

Two Myanmar citizens were also arrested with suspected links to the seizure of 110,000 yaba pills, Lieutenant Colonel SM Ariful Islam, commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion-2 in Teknaf under the Cox's Bazar district, told the media.

Acting on a tip-off, he said a patrol team of BGB personnel at about 11:30 p.m. local time challenged the suspects and seized three bags containing 110,000 yaba tablets, often used for sexual stimulation.

Yaba tablets have been increasingly popular among drug users, despite efforts of law enforcement agencies to contain the dangers of the narcotics trade.

On Jan. 17 last year, Bangladesh's elite force RAB seized 2.8 million yaba tablets, the biggest ever seizure of contraband yaba tablets in the country in a day.

Official sources said the drug is smuggled into Bangladesh also by air and land routes from some other countries in the region, including Nepal and Thailand.

On condition of anonymity, an official earlier said that the drug mainly comes from Myanmar with which Bangladesh shares 271 km of border, 208 km along the land and 63 km along the river.