Teknaf, Bangladesh: Officers from the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested a suspected drug smuggler for carrying about 20,000 yaba or methamphetamine tablets from Maungdaw to Shapuri Dip on November 27, according to a local official who refused to be named.

On being tip off, the Yaba smuggler was arrested by BDR at an illegal entry point of Shapuri Dip while he was trying to enter Bangladesh.

The smuggler was identified as Nabi Hussain, 30, from Shabaran village under Teknaf police station, and authorities suspect that he was operating with a partner in Burma to traffick and distribute the yaba tablets in Bangladesh.

“Until the smuggling of yaba tablets is halted on the Maungdaw, from Burma side of the border, the flow of the drugs into Bangladesh will continue,” said a local businessman.

The BDR seized a total of 19,800 yaba tablets from the suspected smuggler at a value of about 6000,000 taka, said a BDR aide.

The suspect was brought to the BDR camp in Shapuri Dip after his arrest and then sent to Teknaf police station for further questioning.

Local residents say that drug smuggling along the border with Burma has increased because Bangladeshi authorities have not been able to stem the flow of drugs from Burma.