NDLEA discovers fake drug laboratory

Giade

Arrests three Bolivians, Nigerian

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested  three Bolivians and a Nigerian for operating a laboratory for the illegal production of Methamphetamine.

They were arrested at Satellite Town, Lagos.

NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Ahmadu Giade  said the laboratory was detected by operatives attached to the Lagos State Command.

Items recovered at the laboratory include: 41.150kg of ephedrine, 4.8kg of methamphetamine, other chemicals and sundry gadgets used in the laboratory. Three vehicles, a Honda Accord Saloon car, a Honda CRV  Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a Toyota 4 Runner SUV, were also impounded.

The three Bolivians arrested are: Yerko Artunduaga Dorado, 19; Ruben Ticona Jorge, 21; and Hugo Chavez Moreno, 39. The fourth suspect is a 23-year-old Nigerian, Uba Ubachukwu Collins.

Two others, Solomon Azuka Uzoka and Basil Ikechukwu Uzoka, are wanted by the anti-drug agency.

Giade said: “It is important to stress that such buildings are not safe for habitation. A house used for the illicit production of methamphetamine is simply a death trap. Tenants moving into new buildings are hereby advised to carry out discreet investigations on the previous occupants.

“Besides the environmental pollution, gullible and unemployed youths are being used to smuggle these drugs to countries with high demand. Several methamphetamine traffickers have been caught at the airports and land borders.”

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