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07:02 PM, September 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:10 PM, September 20, 2019

8 Myanmar nationals held with yaba in Cox’s Bazar

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard have detained eight Myanmar citizens with two lakhs of yaba tablets from a boat in the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

The detainees are Dalia, 20, Robi Alam, 19, Alam, 25, Shafiqul, 28, Noor, 25, Noor-e-Alam, 40, Ali Ahmed, 20, and Nurul Amin, 25 and all of them hailed from Akyab district of Myanmar, said Lt Commander Saiful Islam, staff officer (operation) of Coast Guard (east zone).

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Acting on tip-off that smugglers by a trawler were entering Bangladesh with a consignment of yaba, a team of coastguards (east zone) conducted a drive in deep sea near Saint Martin's Island around 11:30pm, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting Lt Col Saiful.

During the drive, the team recovered two lakhs of yaba pills worth Tk 6 crore from an engine-run boat and detained eight Myanmar nationals from the vessel, said Saiful Islam.

The detainees were handed over to Teknaf Model Police Station after two separate cases -- one for smuggling drugs and another for intruding Bangladesh illegally -- were filed against them, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of the local police station.

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