A team of the Narcotics Control Department detained a union parishad (UP) member with yaba pills in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar on Thursday, the authorities said.
Protesting the detention, a group of people from Hoaikang union blocked the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf highway for four hours, creating traffic gridlock and making the commuters suffer, they added.
The detainee is Badsha Mia, 46, a member of Ward 7 of Hoaikang union parishad of the upazila, Md Kamruzzaman, upazila nirbahi officer of Teknaf, said.
"The incident happened in the Noyabazar Station area of the union. The blockade started at 6pm and continued till 10pm."
Nurul Alam, an inspector of Cox's Bazar Circle of the Narcotics Control Department, said they detained a person named Badsha for possessing yaba but they are yet to confirm the amount of pills seized from him.
After hearing about the about the blockade, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control around 10pm, Abdul Halim, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, said.