Yaba continues to pour in despite crackdown on dealers, addicts
‘Gunfight’ claims one more
Published : Sunday, 8 July, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 617
Bangladesh is still being used as a transit point for trafficking of the highly addictive drug, Yaba, to many Southeast Asian markets. In fact, the country is touted to be a route of choice for the Yaba drug dealers.
An alleged drug peddler was killed in a "gunfight" with law enforcers in Narail Sadar upazila on Saturday. The deceased is Golam Mostafa, 48, son of Aziz Mollah of Raghunathpur village.
At least 165 alleged drug peddlers have been killed in "gunfights" 'since the law enforcers started a nationwide anti-drug crackdown in May. Bangladesh has emerged as one of the main Yaba markets in the world.
Yaba tablet, depending on its type, is currently sold at any price between Tk 250 and Tk 350 per piece though the law enforcers started a nationwide anti-drug crackdown in May.
Intelligence agencies have identified two main reasons for turning of the country into a drug hub. The prevalence of criminals and illicit connection between the law enforces and the smugglers and Bangladesh's geographical location, which is suitable for the drug dealers to use as an international route.
They say they estimated around 60 per cent of the country's youths are now addicted to drugs - marijuana, heroin, phensidyl, alcohol and Yaba - and their number is increasing. Of them 96 per cent are now addicted to Yaba pills.
Drug dons allegedly spend crores of taka to buy the silence and protection of law enforcement officials and ruling party men.
Officials at the Police
Headquarters in Dhaka told the Daily Observer, requesting anonymity, that the country's "billion dollar" drug trade is largely controlled by people from godfather.
Police sources said stern action is not possible as a vital portion of the ruling party men and the law enforcers have become involved in drug business.
To protect high-value and high-risk drug consignments, official emblems, official vehicles and even officials themselves are pressed into service by the drug trafficking syndicates.
Law enforcement sources said there were around 38 Yaba factories along the border with Myanmar, reportedly capable of producing three million tablets a day, and 40 phensedyl factories along the Indian border.
Smugglers are recruiting Imams, snake charmers, trans-genders, physically disabled people, women and even children to work as carriers, better known as 'mules' of drugs.
Most of these pills come from neighbouring Myanmar, India and even from distant Laos. The Yaba tablets are smuggled into Bangladesh using the vast land border, waterways and airways.
The vast forests and unguarded terrains of Chattogram Hill Tracts and the Bangladeshi, Myanmar and Thai fishing trawlers are being used these days to traffic the drug to the country.
Considering the land route unsafe, the organised gangs of drug smugglers are using water and air routes to traffic the deadly drugs.
As per research findings, almost 50 routes along the borders of Bangladesh are being used for Yaba pills to enter the country. Some of the international routes are often referred to as the Golden Triangle, Golden Wage and Golden Crescent.
As a result, Bangladesh has become a primary choice for international drug dealers to traffic the contraband drug item to and from the outside world. The drug cartels smuggle amphetamines into Bangladesh from Myanmar and India. Then they supply those to different parts of the country - using a strong chain of dealers.
The youth population is becoming highly addicted to it due to ready availability of this 'stimulants.' Consequently, they are falling prey to serious physical and psychological hazards. They are also becoming prone to various complex diseases like kidney and liver infections, sleeping problems and lower back pain, among others.