Burma Times Correspondent: September 14, 2015
A Rohingya drug dealer arrested by Bangladesh paramilitary has claimed he is working for a syndicate operated by a Hlun Htein (BGP) official.
Nurul Haque was arrested from the Teknaf port on Friday with approximately 12,000 yaba tablets. On interrogation by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Nurul said that 1987 of the yaba tablets were his personal merchandise. The more than ten thousand others were the property of a Hlun Htein official who had commissioned him to move the tablets to local dealers.
This is not the first time Hlun Htein officials were found to be directly involved in the profitable trade of yaba in Bangladesh. Earlier this year in June, Border Guard Bangladesh seized thousands of yaba tablets moved by smugglers allied to Hlun Htein. In response the Burmese forces staged a dramatic attack on Bangladesh territory and kidnapped a Bangladesh paramilitary soldier.
Earlier in May 2014, one Bangladesh paramilitary soldier was killed in response to the seizure of yaba tablets.
Bangladesh calls for Burma to stop yaba trade has fallen into deaf years as forces allied to the regime switch to the trade of these pills away from heroin previously produced in the golden triangle. Bangladesh has emerged as one of the primary markets of the yaba tablets with the deadly drug finding alarming popularity with huge sections of the youth in both urban and rural areas.