NDLEA uncovers illegal drug factory in Lagos

Channels Television  
Updated February 21, 2012

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has discovered a secret laboratory in Lagos South West Nigeria where the production of methamphetamine is done illegally.

Addressing journalist on Tuesday at the drug law enforcement agency’s headquarters, the Chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade says two buildings used to perpetrate the criminal act at the daily times estate in Satellite town, Lagos have been sealed.

He said that three Bolivians, Yerko Dorado, Ruben Jorge and Hugo Chavez Moreno have been apprehended and assisting the agency in its investigation on the matter.

Mr Giade also says 41.15 kg of ephedrine, 4.8 kg of methamphetamine as well as other chemicals and sundry gadgets used in the laboratory including three vehicles were recovered while two brothers Solomon Uzoka and Basil Uzoka have been declared wanted.

Methamphetamine is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol and is usually taken orally or intra-nasally by snorting the powder, by needle injection, or by smoking.

It is a strong stimulant that affects the central nervous system.

A derivative of Amphetamine, it is highly addictive.

Long-term methamphetamine abuse has many negative health consequences, including extreme weight loss, severe dental problems also known as “meth mouth,” anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behaviours.

Other psychotic features include paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions such as the sensation of insects crawling under the skin.
Some of the street names of methamphetamine are “speed,” “meth,” “chalk,” “ice,” “crystal,” and “glass.”