National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has dismantled a six-man
methamphetamine syndicate. The members of the syndicate were arrested in
connection with a total of 309 kilograms of ephedrine and a clandestine
laboratory. The arrested suspects are Okeke Chukwunwike Celestine, Ezeagba
Paul Sunday and Ike Chukwuma Samson. Others are Eze Christopher Ikechukwu,
Nwokolo Amobi Sunday and Adelakun Ilelabayo Oluade.
- The drug trafficking organization is specialized in the illegal importation of
ephedrine to run methamphetamine laboratory in Nigeria, especially in the
Eastern and Western parts of Nigeria.
- Upon tip-off, Enugu State Command of the Agency had intercepted 100
kilograms of Ephedrine, a precursor chemical for the production of
methamphetamine. Upon follow-up, the Command discovered that the precursor
chemical is being used by a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory located at
Trans- Ekulu Estate in Enugu. The Laboratory has been dismantled by the Agency.
- Further investigation led to the arrest of the three other members of the
syndicate in FESTAC Town in Lagos from whom 209 kilograms of the illicit
ephedrine was recovered, bringing the total ephedrine seizure to 309 and total
arrest to six suspected persons.
- Only last year, the Agency also discovered another clandestine laboratories
in Enugu and Imo States leading to the destruction of 20 kilograms discovered in
Enugu and 77.960 kilograms in Imo.
- This brings to 16 the number of Methamphetamine laboratories so far
discovered in Nigeria between 2011 and 2018. Methamphetamine is an emerging
drug clandestinely produced in the country. It is a highly addictive substance that
affects the central nervous system. It gives a false sense of well-being and energy.
The continued use of the drug creates several negative effects and irreversible
- In 2011, Nigeria acquired the status of Methamphetamine producer nation
through the discovery of the first methamphetamine laboratory in Lagos. Other
laboratories were discovered in the following states, Lagos, Anambra and Delta
States. The discoveries of these laboratories across the country, apart from the
fact that Nigeria is highest producer of cannabis in West Africa, portends a grave
danger for the country and its image which invariably affects the national security
of the nation.
- Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other
powerful street drugs. It has many nicknames—meth, crank, chalk or speed. It is a
white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose),
smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally, but all develop a
strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of
happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyper-activeness
and energy. One also experiences decreased appetite. These drug effects
generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours. The
first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start,
methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life.
- Methamphetamine production also has a devastating impact on the
environment where the clandestine laboratory is located. It pollutes the air,
ground water, soil and the vegetation within the locality of the meth laboratory
while posing a great threat to human security.
Jonah Achema, ACN
Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs