A hidden methamphetamine laboratory has been found by the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company, NDLEA in Anambra state.
NDLEA officers busted and dismantled the laboratory the place the illicit drug popularly known as Mkpuru Mmiri is being produced and distributed throughout Nigeria and overseas.
Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa disclosed this on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 when he addressed the media on the event.
He mentioned following the outbreak of crystal methamphetamine abuse within the final quarter of 2021, predominantly within the South East and the cry for assist from many communities within the area due to the devastating results the distribution and abuse of the damaging stimulant drug have been having on their youths and others, the Company deployed all out there property to seek out the first supply of producing of the drug in Nigeria and arrest the barons behind it.
Marwa mentioned efforts previously seven months towards the cartel behind the Methamphetamine scourge have led to the arrest of 4 kingpins and a prepare dinner.
“Now, we have added two barons and another cook. This no doubt is a loud statement to those involved in the criminal illicit drug trade that its time for them to quit or risk losing it all; that is losing their freedom, investment and assets acquired through proceeds from the illegal business,”
“I’m happy to tell the general public at this time that, after months of painstaking intelligence gathering, diligent monitoring and coordinated offensive motion, we recorded a breakthrough on Saturday, July 30, 2022, when officers and males of the Company efficiently busted two methamphetamine manufacturing amenities, known as Meth Laboratories in Lagos and Anambra.
“The one in Nise Neighborhood, Awka South Native Authorities Space of Anambra State was owned by Paul Ozoemenam.
The house owners of those two illicit meth laboratories have been efficiently arrested alongside Sunday Ukah from Aba, Abia State, the prepare dinner or chemist that produced the medication for them.
Marwa mentioned he’s addressing the general public concerning the weekend busts to boost peoples consciousness of the hazard that meth manufacturing constitutes to public well being and the modus operandi of the barons concerned within the unwholesome exercise.
The NDLEA boss mentioned the lab busts additionally uncovered the interconnectivity amongst syndicates concerned in meth manufacturing, including that the prepare dinner was employed by each producers to provide for the VGC lab, in addition to the lab in Anambra.
He urged members of the general public to be delicate to their setting.
“As we step up the offensive against drug traffickers, we want the public to be more vigilant and be aware of the fact that producers of methamphetamine always choose unsuspecting environments with tight security, like the VGC estate, in this case. And the reason is not far-fetched: They choose secured estates to prevent law enforcement agents from monitoring their activities. They also locate meth labs in remote unsuspecting communities where residents would not be aware of their activities,”
“It is very important to note that the waste from methamphetamine production is dangerous to the ecosystem. The chemicals are toxic and once they seep into the soil, they contaminate the water table from which surrounding wells and boreholes draw their water,”
“And residents who unwittingly eat the water from such sources are uncovered to coronary heart and kidney illnesses and different organ illnesses. Neighbours, too, who inhale gases from the lab, are additionally prone to the identical threat. What makes it worse is that the manufacturing often takes place in the course of the night time, between 11 pm and 4 am, and due to this fact, unsuspecting neighbours may have been uncovered to the hazards for months and even years.”
Marwa counseled the professionalism of the intelligence led particular models assigned the duty.
“Our forensic consultants and the 200-man strike power group that we deployed who have been the operational arm that executed the mission of dismantling the labs, seizing the crystal meth, precursors, paraphernalia and arresting the culprits.” he added.