The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has announced the dismantling of two major clandestine laboratories in Lagos and Anambra States, where the dangerous illicit drug, crystal methamphetamine, popularly known as Mkpuru Mmiri in local parlance, was produced for local distribution and export.
The agency said that following the outbreak of crystal methamphetamine abuse in the last quarter of 2021, predominantly in the South East and the demand for help from many communities in the region, it deployed all available assets to find the primary source of manufacturing of the drug in Nigeria and arrest the barons behind it.
The demand for assistance became necessary because of the devastating effects of the dangerous stimulant drug distribution and abuse on youths and others.
The Chairmanof NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.) announced the breakthrough during a press conference in Abuja.
According to him, efforts in the past seven months against the cartel behind the Methamphetamine scourge have led to the arrest of four kingpins and a cook.
He said, “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 it’s 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 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.