Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two alleged drug dealers, including a teenage girl, and recovered nearly 2000 yaba pills that they had swallowed to avoid detection by law enforcers, from the Sher-e-Banglanagar area of the capital on Sunday night.
The arrestees were identified as Md Russel (26) and his accomplice Sanjida Akhtar (18) .
An operational team of Rab-2 battalion headquarters obtained information on Sunday night at around 10:35 pm that two drug dealers were coming to Dhaka with a consignment of drugs.
Based on the information, the operational team of the elite force set up a check post on the street in front of Pangu Hospital under Sherebangla Nagar police station.
While they were implementing a search of a passenger bus, two passengers towards the back of the bus started acting very suspiciously and were detained for questioning. During interrogation, Russel admitted that he was carrying yaba in his stomach.
Russell was then taken to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, where further tests including an X-ray revealed the presence of palm-shaped polythene-wrapped yaba packets in the stomach of arrested Russel.
Once the existence of yaba was confirmed, Russel was officially shown-arrested and medics removed 38 of the packets described above from his stomach through the anus. Each of these potla contained 50 yaba, giving a total of 1900 yaba obtained from Russel.
Meanwhile Sanjida was suspected of wearing fake hair extensions when she was searched by two female members of RAB. Eventually a single packet of 50 pills was found and extracted from her hair.
During preliminary interrogation, it was also learned that the arrested Russel collected yaba from the Cox’s Bazar frontier.
He also revealed that he used to take small plastic wrapped yaba pills inside his stomach through drink-ing juice and food items to help swallow it down.