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Drug trafficking thrives in Bangladesh amid coronavirus pandemic

| Updated: May 27, 2020 21:35:06

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The coronavirus pandemic has stopped the world in its tracks, but drug traders in Bangladesh enjoy a booming business.

The police say incidents of drug cache seizure and arrest of drug trafficking suspects have even increased despite the lockdowns and closure of borders.

“The rate of other crimes has dropped, but the drug cartels are as active as they were before,” Shahbagh police chief Abul Hasan said.

Sarwar Bin Quasem, the spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion, said they had arrested more drug suspects during the lockdown than they did in any other time, bdnews24.com reported.

The number of suspected drug traders arrested between Mar 1 and May 23 in Bangladesh was 1,535. The law enforcement made a total of 986 arrests in January and February.

The RAB seized around 1 million yaba pills, nearly 24,000 bottles of phensedyl and 10 kg of heroin in the Mar 1-May 23 period. The seizures in January and February totalled around half a million yaba pills, 16,000 bottles of phensedyl and 14kg heroin.

The seized drug hauls also included cannabis, wine, beer, pathogen injection ampoules, Viagra and other illicit drugs.

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