Criminal Investigation Department of police has seized snake venom worth Tk 9 crore and arrested two smugglers from Gazipur on Wednesday.
The arrestees are Mamun Talukder (51) and his associate Md Mamun (33). They were arrested from Kaliakoir of Gazipur, CID Additional Deputy Inspector General Sheikh Rezaul Haider told a press briefing yesterday.
Investigators suspect the arrestees were using Bangladesh as a route to smuggle the venom into Indonesia and Malaysia. Police suspect Mamun is the kingpin of the smuggling ring.
During the drive, CID recovered two lockers containing six bottles of snake venom from their possession. The bottles were brandished with 'COBRA Snake Poison of France, Red Dragon Company, Cobra Code No-80975, Made in France'.
"The snake venom somehow entered the country through the smuggling ring, although we're not sure from where," the CID official said.
CID already has information that some consignments have been smuggled from Bangladesh, he added.
DIG Rezaul said a team of CID had previously conducted a drive in the district on November 17 and busted a snake venom smuggling ring and found out of another ring.
Snake venom is used in Asian traditional medicine, but does not have widespread use in Bangladesh. CID said it is illegal to trade snake venom in the country.