Not on top of our list of countries that we’d immediately think of in terms of being LSD consumers but Bangladesh police say they have broken a “mail” LSD importation scheme.
(LSD) was being smuggled into Bangladesh from the Netherlands using the postal service for the last four years.
A drug syndicate used to smuggle LSD blotting paper by stashing those inside books as they look like stamp or colourful paper.
At least three syndicates are involved in selling the drug in Bangladesh.
Officials of the Detective Branch of police disclosed these to The Daily Star yesterday. They found this information during their probe into the death of Dhaka University student Hafizur Rahman.
Hafizur slit his throat himself after taking LSD on the campus on May 15, his friends told detectives during interrogation.
Law enforcers arrested Sadman Sakib Rupol, Ashab Wadud Turjo and Adib Ashraf — members of an LSD selling syndicate — from the capital’s Dhanmondi and Lalmatia on Wednesday night with 200 pieces of LSD blotting paper.
The three are now behind bars.
Police said they were looking for the syndicate’s fourth member who first came in contact with one “Team” in the Netherlands. The syndicate used to collect LSD from the European country.
After buying LSD blotting papers for Tk 800-1,000 each from the Netherlands, the syndicate used to sell those in Bangladesh for Tk 3,000 to Tk 5,000 each, according to detectives.
Mishu Biswas, additional deputy commissioner of the DB’s Ramna division, told The Daily Star yesterday, “We have some information about the syndicate and we are now analysing it.”
Requesting anonymity, a high official of DB said they have some information about two other syndicates involved in LSD trade in Bangladesh and that they kept those under surveillance in order to bring them to book.
Asked if there was any link between the three syndicates, the official said, “We have come to know that the person named “Team” used to smuggle and sell LSD blotting papers to two syndicates.”
The syndicates used to pay “Team” through PayPal.
“But we are yet to find any internal link between the three syndicates,” the DB official added.
Upon receiving an order for LSD either through social media or an online messaging application, narcotics dealers used to deliver the drug to the buyers’ addresses. They received cash on delivery.
According to officials, the DB has so far found around 650 users who used to collect LSD from the arrestees. Detectives have already prepared a list of the users.
The syndicates always used to carry LSD blotting papers inside books or magazines to dodge the law enforcers, the officials added.
The four-member syndicate used to receive orders through a Facebook group and a messaging app.
About taking actions against the LSD users, DB ADC Mishu Biswas said they were yet to identify any regular user of the drug.
Many users had taken the drug earlier, but they don’t use it now, he said. “We are analysing their activities and once the analysis is complete, we may be able to clearly say about the users.”
The seizure of 200 pieces of LSD blotting paper on Wednesday is not the first instance of seizure of the drug in Bangladesh. On July 15, 2019, Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) had seized 46 pieces of LSD blotting paper and arrested two people from the capital’s Kafrul.
A case was filed with Kafrul Police Station regarding the incident. The DNC submitted the charge sheet in the case on February 5, 2020.
The case is now under trial, said DNC officials.