The Home Minister thanked the elite force for seizing the cocaine
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has destroyed 370 litres of liquid cocaine smuggled into the country through Chittagong port from Bolivia camouflaged as sunflower oil in 2015.
The huge consignment of liquid cocaine worth around Tk9,000 crores was destroyed in the presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at RAB-7 headquarters in Patenga on Wednesday.
Representatives from all agencies concerned, including the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) and Department of Environment (DoE), were present on the occasion.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Home Minister said, “It was the biggest ever cocaine haul in the country. It was beyond our imagination. We faced many hurdles in recovering the consignment.”
The Home Minister thanked the elite force for seizing the cocaine.
On June 6, 2015, the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (CIID) sealed the container carrying 2,140 kilograms of suspected liquid cocaine in 107 drums at Chittagong Port.
CIID officials said the container was transported on a ship from Montevideo, Uruguay, after being imported from Bolivia and arrived at the port on May 13, 2015 via Singapore.
The container was imported by Khan Jahan Ali Limited, with an address in Chittagong’s Khatungonj attached, said CIID officials.
On June 8, 2015 a collaborative team of relevant authorities conducted a physical examination of the container at Chittagong port where the existence of cocaine was not found. Later, the authorities decided to conduct a laboratory test on the container.
In a laboratory test in Dhaka on June 27, 2015, the presence of cocaine was detected in two drums out of a total of 107 drums.
On June 28, 2015, police lodged a case and the Chittagong Metropolitan Police DB launched an investigation into the haul.
On July 8, the investigation officer (IO) again collected samples from the oil drums according to the court order and sent them to Armed Forces Food and Laboratories, Directorate of Narcotic Control’s lab and Criminal Investigation Department (CID)’s lab for further examination.
The IO mentioned that around 370 liters of liquid cocaine had been found after several chemical tests had been conducted in the lab.
Customs intelligence and investigators have zeroed in on a Bangladesh-origin UK citizen, Bakul, linked to the haul.