Operatives of the anti-narcotics force, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have confirmed arresting owner of an underground laboratory which produces the crystal methamphetamine drug, also known locally as ‘Mkpuru Mmiri.’
According to the agency, the laboratory was operated by one Chris Nwezi in the posh Victoria Garden City (VGC) Estate in Lagos.
NDLEA had stormed the site acting upon intelligence report, last Saturday, in the estate and arrested the man who operated the laboratory where the toxic substance was produced.
Confirming this development to newsmen today August 2, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) described the discovery as ‘a breakthrough,’ which followed ‘months of painstaking intelligence gathering, diligent tracking and coordinated offensive action.’
“I am pleased to inform the public today that, after months of painstaking intelligence gathering, diligent tracking and coordinated offensive action, we recorded a breakthrough on Saturday, July 30, 2022, when officers and men of the Agency successfully busted two methamphetamine manufacturing facilities, called Meth Laboratories.
“The first one, located in Victoria Garden City (VGC) Estate of Lekki, Lagos, is owned by a baron, Chris Emeka Nzewi.
“The laboratory in Lagos was set up inside the Boys Quarter building of a four-bedroom duplex. From there, we recovered a total of 258.74 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used for the production of the toxic drug. The complete paraphernalia of laboratory equipment such as gas cylinders, giant gas burners, industrial face masks, industrial gloves, tubes and flat-bottomed conical flasks, among others were also found,” Marwa said.
According to the NDLEA boss, the owner of the laboratory in VGC, was producing this highly unstable and toxic drug in a house where he lived with his family.