7 Myanmar nationals held with 2.8 lakh yaba pills

Bangladesh Coast Guard detained seven Myanmar nationals with 280,000 yaba tablets from a boat in the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf's Katabunia area early yesterday.

Tipped off, coastguards conducted a raid in Shah Pari Dwip area and chased down a boat entering Bangladesh territory from Myanmar, said Lt Commander M Hamidul Islam, media officer at Coast Guard headquarters.

The coastguards searched the boat and found seven Myanmar citizens smuggling the contraband tablets into Bangladesh. They seized the yaba tablets stashed in two containers on the boat, the official added.

Hamidul said the Myanmar nationals had been smuggling yaba tablets by sea for a long time. He, however, didn't disclose the names of the detainees.

The detainees, yaba tablets, and the boat were handed to Taknaf Model Police Station.

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