The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) confirms the arrest of Vincent Chidiebere, a 31yrs old man in Anambra State for allegedly peddling hard drug worth N1.78 billion.While addressing reporters in Onitsha on Tuesday, the Commander, Mr Sule Momodu said the suspect was nabbed in Awka, the state capital, on July 28 with methamphetamine weighing 25.2kg.He said the arrest followed a tip-off that a shipment of the drug would pass through Anambra from Enugu to Lagos.
“Based on the information, we set up a team to search vehicles from a particular company. About 11am we intercepted a vehicle carrying the substance and nabbed the suspect.”
Mr. Momodu, confirmed that the intercepted substance tested positive, described the drug as “one of the most potent illicit drugs in the world, which
has a lot of destructive tendencies on the user.”
Someone under the influence of methamphetamine can be influenced to make disastrous decisions and can make criminals test the nation’s security to its limit. The commander said besides the security threat posed by the users, the drug posed a health hazard.
He said chemicals used for the production were highly toxic and could cause permanent destruction to the eco-system.
“The waste from the drug is more toxic than the extracted substance. The people around where it is being produced are likely
to be exposed to cancer and other incurable diseases, while children born in the area are likely to be deformed.”
NDLEA had discovered three methamphetamine laboratories at Nanka, Ozubulu and Obosi all in the South East, and the commander believed that more laboratories exist. They would track them. He declared that Vincent Chidiebere will be charged to court according to law.
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