A court in Chattogram yesterday sentenced three drug peddlers to 15 years in jail in a case filed over recovering 28 lakh yaba pills from a trawler in Chattogram's outer anchorage and Dhaka in January 2016.
The convicts are Ali Ahmed (52) of Satkania; Md Hamidullah (36) of Patiya and Md Mohiuddin (39) of Rangamati. The court of Metropolitan Session Judge Sheikh Ashfaqur Rahman handed down the verdict after the court found them guilty, said Public Prosecutor Advocate Fakhruddin Chowdhury.
"The court tried them under the Narcotics Control Act (1990) as they were arrested in 2016 and 15 years' imprisonment is the highest punishment in the act. As the case was filed under the old act, the trial was also done under it," he added. The government amended the act in 2018.
On January 17, 2016, Rab-7 arrested the three from Dhaka and Chattogram. Law enforcers first arrested Hamidullah and Ahmed along with a fishing trawler near Patenga coast, where they found 27.5 lakh pieces of yaba. Quizzing them, Rab members learnt that Mohiuddin was on his way to Dhaka with another consignment.
Later, Rab arrested Mohiuddin from Dhaka airport area with 50,000 yaba pills the following day and filed a case.
Police pressed charges against them on May 23 the same year while a Chattogram court framed charges on September 9. Nine witnesses testified in the case.