The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently discovered a super laboratory for the illicit production of methamphetamine located at Asaba, Delta State. This super methamphetamine laboratory similar to the ones found in Mexico is the first to be discovered in the country. The laboratory has a capacity of producing between 3,000kg to 4,000kg of methamphetamine per production cycle. All the principal actors linked to the illicit act were apprehended in a simultaneous raid on members of the drug syndicate in Lagos, Obosi in Anambra state, and at the laboratory in Asaba, Delta state.
According to a press release on NDLEA’s website, those arrested include 5 Nigerians believed to be joint owners of the laboratory and 4 Mexicans who are methamphetamine production experts hired as technical partners into the country. The NDLEA boss Colonel Muhammad Mustapher Abdallah (retd.) gave the names of the suspects are Chibi Aruh, Izuchukwu Anieto, William Ejike Agusi, Umolu Kosisochukwu, and Umolu Ckukwemeka. Others are Cervantos Madrid Jose Bruno, Rivas Ruiz Pastiano, Castillo Barraza Cristobal and Partida Gonzalez Pedro.
The accused persons on Monday, April 25th, 2016 appeared before Honourable Justice A.O. Faji at the Federal High Court, Asaba on a five count charge of conspiracy to form and operate a Drug Trafficking Organisation (DTO) to process and export methamphetamine. They were also accused of illegal extraction of ephedrine, preparation of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of 1.5kg of methamphetamine; a drug similar to cocaine, heroin, LSD contrary to NDLEA Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
See their faces below: