Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained a suspected drug peddler with 80,000 pieces of yaba pills in Shapuree Island of Teknaf upazila in Cox's Bazar on Thursday night.
The detainee is Md Ehsan, 15, son of Kamal Hossain, of the Bazarpara area on the Island.
According to a media release on Friday morning signed by Lt Col Md Mohiuddin Ahmed, commandant of the BGB-2 (Teknaf), two separate teams of the border force took position in the Beribadh area by New Camp of the Coast Guard in the Island around 11:45pm after being tipped-off.
It was learned from the source that a big haul of contraband Yaba pill would be smuggled into Bangladesh from nearby Myanmar by an engine-run wooden boat.
As a boat carrying three people was heading towards the Island, the BGB members signalled them to halt but two of the trio fled overboard sensing the presence of the frontier force, it read.
Later, a total of 80, 000 pieces of Yaba tablets wrapped in a polythene bag were recovered from the boat and the suspect was hence detained, the release said, adding that the rest of the drug peddlers managed to flee.
The detainee admitted that the consignment was being brought to Bangladesh and the fled duo were the owners of the pills.
A process was underway to record a case in this connection with Teknaf Model Police Station, the release added.