A new type of yaba pills, light orange in colour are entering Bangladesh from Myanmar through Teknaf.
The pills, reportedly costlier than other varieties, are making their way to northern districts of the country via Dhaka.
A team of Bogura police yesterday claimed to have recovered 30,000 of the pills, raiding a rented house at Maddhya Paikpara of Mirpur-1, after arresting alleged peddler Faruk Mia, 25, in Bogura on Friday.
The team of Detective Branch (DB) of Bogura led by its inspector Aslam Ali conducted the drive at Faruk’s rented house, based on information gleaned from him.
Faruk and his wife Nipa Begum, both hailing from Habiganj; and Omar Faruq, Md Sayem from Cox’s Bazar were arrested from Charmatha area on Dhaka-Bogura Highway with 3,500 similar pills.
Faruk was on a two-day remand after police filed a case following the recovery and arrest of the four.
“The arrestees admitted that this was their first shipment of the light orange pills,” Superintendent of Police in Bogura Ali Ashraf Bhuiyan told The Daily Star yesterday.
The SP said Faruk told them that he himself smuggled in the pills, and transported them to different districts based on orders.
“After Faruk hands over the pills to others, those are sold to consumers who place their demands online,” he added.
During the raid at Faruk’s residence in Mirpur -- also used as a storehouse, police detained Faruk’s alleged accomplice Foyej Uddin.
Inspector Aslam said Faruk used to store the pills in Dhaka and Bogura after collecting those from Teknaf, and Omar Faruq and Sayem distributed the pills throughout the country.
In another drive at Dhaka airport, officials of Airport Armed Police Battalion (AAPBn) yesterday detained a person for allegedly carrying 10,000 pieces of yaba pills.
The arrestee was identified as Jashim Uddin, 36, from Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar, said Alamgir Hossain, additional superintendent of police (operations and media) of AAPBn.
Jashim was intercepted by law enforcers outside the domestic terminal of the airport where he was loitering suspiciously around 1pm, he said.
Later, he confessed to carrying yaba tablets inside his custom-made belt, the official said, adding, he arrived in Dhaka from Cox’s Bazar on a Novoair flight yesterday.
A case would be filed against Jashim in this connection, he added.