Guwahati: During a regular checking in a Down Rajdhani Express (12423) on Thursday, Guwahati Railway police seized drugs in the form of tablets and apprehended two ladies in connection to the matter.
As per Railway Police sources, during the routine checking, the officials recovered around 175 packets containing 38,100 intoxicating (WY) tablets (each packet contains around 195 tablets).
According to reports, the two ladies identified as Soma Paul (26) and Sangeeta Modak (30) were supposed to transport the huge consignment from Dimapur to Alipurduar in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered in connection to the matter by Guwahati Government Railway Police (GRP) and carrying further investigation into the matter.
It may be mentioned that ‘Ya ba’ formerly known as ‘ya ma’ are tablets containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine. The illicit use of this drug combination has caused problems in South East Asian countries.
Appearance and Use
Ya ba is typically produced in a round pill form. There are many different versions of ya ba, and the most common are red, orange, or lime green in color and carry logos such as “R” or “WY”. They are small and round, roughly 6 millimetres (0.24 in) in diameter (similar size to Smint but round), which means they can be packed inside a plastic soda straw for easy transportation or in a reusable “mint” container.
Ya ba tablets typically are consumed orally. Users also place the ya ba tablet on aluminum foil and heat it from below. As the tablet melts, vapors rise and are inhaled (chasing the dragon). The drug also may be administered by crushing the tablets into powder, which is then snorted or mixed with a solvent and injected. When swallowed in pill form the duration of the drug’s effect is between 8–16 hours, as compared to 1–3 hours when smoked, while the intensity is considerably reduced. The peak of the drug’s effect is followed by a comedown period lasting 6–10 hours, during which the user may have difficulty sleeping or eating. Many users report that it takes them up to 24 hours after consumption to be able to fall asleep.
Ya ba is not commonly injected as many intravenous users favour the pure product instead (methamphetamine, called “ice” in Southeast Asia). This illegal drug is especially popular in Thailand, where it is imported from Burma or Laos even though it is sometimes manufactured locally in Thailand.
Typical ya ba users are working males, aged 16–40 years old, and its use is not uncommon among both female and male sex workers in Thailand and Cambodia.