At least 30 drug peddlers were arrested during an anti-drug drive in the district in the last 12 days, bringing relief to the parents and guardians.
Detective Branch (DB) of police detained drug peddler Nasir Hossain on Thursday from Rajapur Sadar upazila during their 12-day drive that ended yesterday, said Superintendent of Police Md Jobaydur Rahman.
Police conducted 24 raids in the district and detained around 30 drug peddlers, he said, adding that they are trying to nab the drug peddlers as well as their godfathers.
Police caught Nasir red-handed while he was selling Yaba, Jobaydur added.
Earlier, police arrested drug peddlers Sohag Gazi and Babu alias Apache Babu who said they collected Yaba from Nasir, said Rajapur Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sheikh Munirul Gias.
Nasir, son of Menajuddin, is one of the main Yaba peddlers in the area and suppliers to the neighbouring upazilas, said a drug addict.
“If police continue their raids against drugs and ensure punishment of the drug peddlers, drugs abuse would disappear from the area very soon,” said Akkas Sikder, general secretary of Jhalakathi Press Club.
"Such activities of police have lessened the tension of parents like me," said Akijur Rahman, father of two boys. He demanded immediate arrest of all the drug peddlers.