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In the port city, there are over 300 spots where peddlers have been selling drugs, including yaba, for years dodging the law enforcers, according to Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) officials.

The major spots include Barisal Colony and some areas in Sadarghat, Akbar Shah, Khulshi, Bakalia, Bayezid, Pahartali, Motijharna, Kotwali, Double Mooring, Chotopool and Halishahar.

The drug trade in Chittagong, adjacent to Ukhia-Teknaf, the gateway of smuggling yaba into Bangladesh, is controlled by 114 people, according to a list of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC). However, Rab officials say a recent home ministry list includes 58 names.

As a special drive against drug dealers goes on, most of the dealers in the port city have apparently gone into hiding, say locals and law enforcers.

A few low-tier dealers are still in some of the spots but they do not go out during the day now, they say.