Bangladeshi held with yaba tablets in Park Street

Kolkata: Police on Wednesday night arrested a Bangladeshi national and recovered from his possession 400 pieces of methamphetamine tablets commonly called as Yaba weighing around 40 grams.

Acting on a tip off, the policemen raided a guest house in Collin Lane in the Park Street where the accused, Tapas Ahmed, was residing. The police said Ahmed, a resident of Hazaribagh in Dhaka, came to the guest house a couple of days ago. The police recovered the psychotropic substance generally smuggled from Burma.

According to the police the value of seized drugs is around Rs 80,000. Police suspect that the accused used to sell the narcotics to boarders staying in the guest houses and hotels of Collin Lane, Marquis Street, Free School street area, including the foreigners.

During the preliminary investigation, the police came to know that Ahmed used to get these substances from Burma and smuggled into the country via Bangladesh. Police also suspect that some of the employees of the hotels and guest houses are involved in the incident. The police are trying to identify them.

Police said Ahmed has been staying in the country for quite sometime. He also failed to provide passport or any valid documents. These tablets were circulated among the college students and the inmates of various hostels and guest houses in various parts of the city. There is a demand of these tablets among the college students. Police are also investigating if the accused has been a part of any

international drug peddling racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. A case was started by the Park Street police station and the accused has been booked under Section 22(b)/29 of the NDPS Act.

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