The coastguard seized a cargo carrying 1100 sacks of fertiliser worth over Tk 12 lakh from Paira River in Patuakhali as it was being sent to Galachipa from Jessore allegedly for sale in the black market on Tuesday.
They handed over the fertiliser weighing 5.5 tonnes and the cargo to Patuakhali police in the evening.
"During a patrol on Paira River coastguard members challenged a cargo loaded with fertiliser. But all the staff of the cargo fled after anchoring the cargo on the bank at Pairakunjo in Patuakhali Sadar upazila," Captain Salim, zonal commander of the coastguard, said.
The fertiliser was sent to Galachipa from Jessore for sale allegedly in the black market, he said.
"The coastguard handed over the seized fertiliser to us and we will take proper action after investigation," said Md Monirul Islam, OC of Patuakhali police station.
Contacted over cell phone, Mizanur Rahman, owner of Noapara Traders of Noapara Bazar in Jessore, said, "We had imported the fertiliser from China. It was being sent to our customer in Galachipa."