The sleuths of Revenue Intelligence Directorate (DRI) and BSF sized a huge cache of Yaba tablets worth Rs 8.53 from an Indo-Bangladesh border hideout in Tripura.
BSF and DRI officials accompanied by para-military troops confiscated about 1,68,500 Yaba tablets intended for Bangladesh in two cartons from a house in the border village of Matinagar-Rayermura below the Sepahijala district of western Tripura.
“Acting on a tip off, we along with the DRI officials cordoned off the house of one Ishan Bhuiyan at Matinagar-Rayermura village and later recovered the Yaba drugs contained in two cartons wrapped with black polythene,” BSF DIG CL Belwa said.
He said that the drugs consignment valued at Rs 8.53 crore was about to ferry across the border and just before that the BSF and the DRI officials seized the drugs.
“The house owner Ishan Bhuiyan and his two associates Tunu Mia and Soyan Mia managed to escape before the BSF troopers and other officials reached the border village.
However, the DRI officials have launched a search operation to nab the smugglers,” said Belwa.
Two small cars were subsequently also seized from Ishan Bhuiyan's house, who has been involved in illegal trading between India and Bangladesh for years.
The Yaba tablets a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, contained a hazardous chemical compound, and people mostly young people in India, Bangladesh, and other neighboring countries use it as a high-dose drug.
The Yaba tablets and other drugs, including heroin and brown sugar, are smuggling from neighboring Myanmar into northeastern states and smuggling to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and various Indian states and other neighboring countries.
Last month, the police chiefs of eight northeastern states decided to step up their efforts to curb the drug threat as the region, bordering China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, has turned into a drug smuggling corridor.
Updated by: News Sources 2020-01-03 3:48 PM