Vincent Chidiebere, 32, has been arrested for peddling hard drug worth N1.78 billion. He was arrested in Awka, Anambra State, on July 28, 2016, with methamphetamine weighing 25.2kg, following a tip-off that the shipment would pass through Anambra from Enugu to Lagos.
The Commander of NDLEA in the state, Sule Momodu, said methamphetamine is one of the most potent illicit drugs in the world which has a lot of destructive tendencies on the user.
He added that the drug posed a health hazard in the community where it is being produced because the chemicals used for the production are highly toxic and could cause permanent destruction to the eco-system.
He revealed that the waste from the drug is more toxic than the extracted substance and people around where it is being produced are likely to be exposed to cancer and other incurable diseases while children that are also born in the area are likely to be deformed.
Although, the agency had discovered three methamphetamine laboratories located at Nanka, Ozubulu and Obosi areas of the state, the commander says more laboratories still exist. He reminded the public that Gov. Obiano had pledged that anyone with information on where the substances were being produced within the state, will receive a reward of N500, 000.