Police nab Yaba trading couple
Police yesterday arrested a couple and three of their associates from different parts in the city and recovered 16,500 yaba tablets from their possession.
The arrestees are Amir Hossain, 47, a fitter at Public Works Department, his wife Moyna Begum, 40, an employee at Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat, their associates Shah Reaz, 37, Akhter Hossain, 34, and Zahir Uddin Bhuiyan, 39.
A team of Detective Branch of police arrested Amir from his residence at Agargaon Taltola Govt Staff Quarters and his wife Moyna from the court area in Old Dhaka, said Mashiur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of DB.
Amir and his wife are wholesalers of the contraband tablets, while Zahir carries those from Teknaf and Reaz and Akhter distribute the drug to different vendors, he added.
Moyna told The Daily Star that her husband had become addicted to yaba and then got into its trade. At one stage she herself got involved.
"My husband had been arrested at least five times and was put behind bars for five months in five phases. All the five cases against him are still pending," she mentioned.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh yesterday demanded Myanmar immediately shuts down yaba tablet factories along its border.
Border Guard Bangladesh officials made the demand at a flag meeting with their Myanmar counterparts in Cox's Bazar, reports our correspondent.
In another drive at ATM Haider Sarak in the capital's Jatrabari area, the same DB team led by ADC Mashiur arrested two people and seized fake notes worth around Tk 10 lakh from their possession.
The arrestees are Kamal Hossain, 28, and Humayun Kabir, 36.
Police said the duo are members of a fake currency trading gang.
Two cases have been filed with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Jatrabari Police Stations in connection with the incidents.