The Rapid Action Battalion on Friday seized a large shipment of the banned club-drug Yaba from Chittagong’s Asadganj area and detained four persons, including what law enforcers said ‘a well-known drug dealer’.
The elite force’s Legal and Media Wing Director M Sohail told bdnews24.com that 270,000 pills were seized during a joint raid by RAB-1, 7 and their detective wing.
Acting Commander of RAB-7 Major Ziaul Ahsan Sarowar said the sachets of the pills were being unloaded from a truck in front of the Asadganj Mosque. They were hidden in sacks filled with plums.
M Sohail said that an estimated value of the seized drugs would be around Tk 90 million and was the largest Yaba seizure in Bangladesh until now.
He added that four persons were detained during the raid. One of them identified as Abdur Rashid was one of the country’s top drug dealers, RAB claimed.
The other three have been identified as ‘Sabbir’, ‘Ataur’ and ‘Ismail’, RAB officials said.
The consignment of the banned club drug reached Chittagong from Myanmar on Thursday night, they added.
A combination of methamphetamine and caffeine, and a popular substitute for the party drug Ecstasy, Yaba is highly addictive and causes withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, confusion, tremors, convulsions, anxiety, paranoia, and aggressiveness.