Bangladesh Coast Guard has detained six Myanmar nationals on a fishing boat in the deep sea at Saint Martin's Island, and recovered three lakh yaba tablets from them in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of coast guards, led by Station Commander Lt Commander Faizul Islam Mandal, carried out a raid on the south east side of Chhera Dwip.
The Myanmar nationals, all from the Rakhine community were detained for the possession of the yaba tablets, the value of which amounts to approximately Tk 15 crore, says a press release from Bangladesh Coast Guard. The team also recovered three swords.
The six Myanmar nationals, Chowna Barua, 25, Lamsing, 50, Mongsha, 45, Chowna, 38, Monchata, 50, and Ouilai, 32, were handed over to Teknaf Police Station. A case has been filed for infiltration and possession of narcotics.
According to the press release, Bangladesh Coast Guard has so far recovered 6.2 lakh yaba tablets from the coastal area in the past one week.