Vol. 5 Num 698 Wed. May 17, 2006  
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Heroin Smuggling
Probe team plans foolproof report

The five-member probe team into the heroin smuggling to the UK is preparing a detailed report to submit along with ample evidence to the home ministry to make it impossible for the traffickers to evade punishment.

"We intend to prepare a comprehensive report, so that officers who will investigate the case later cannot mislead it and the real culprits are duly punished," said a member of the CID-led team on condition of anonymity.

The investigation report was scheduled to be submitted yesterday. But the team missed the deadline, as it is still working on the report.

However, the probe team member said they do not have to seek a time extension from the home ministry, as they are still interrogating a mastermind behind the international drug running arrested recently.

Two detainees in their confessional statements before a magistrate last Sunday named BD Foods Limited Chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen as the mastermind behind the trafficking of 22.5kg heroin to the UK. Badruddoza was arrested the same day in the evening.

Badruddoza, now on a seven-day remand, is being quizzed at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police. But, the probe team member declined to disclose what they have extracted so far from Badruddoza.

Meanwhile, the CID has launched a drive in Dhaka and some other parts of the country to hunt others involved in the drug trafficking.

The multi-agency law enforcement team started the investigation on a home ministry directive after a National Board of Revenue (NBR) inquiry had found five Bangladeshi business firms' involvement in heroin smuggling to the UK. The NBR took up the inquiry last year as the UK customs in a message through the British mission in Mumbai, India accused BD Foods Ltd, Emdad Traders, Jamil International, MM Enterprise, and Green Heaven Enterprise of trafficking 75.5kg heroin to the UK.