NDLEA release photos of Chris Nzewi, owner of Meth laboratory uncovered in VGC estate, Lagos
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has released images of it Chris Nwezithe owner of a meth lab that was blown up by his agents at the Victoria Garden City estate in Lagos state.
Over the weekend, anti-drug agency men conducted an undercover operation at the property, arresting the suspect they had been tailing for months on suspicion of “cooking” meth.
On Tuesday, August 2, NDLEA Chairman BAttachment. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retired) said Nwezi runs the laboratory in the boys’ quarter of the property where he lives with his family.
Read his full statement below,
“I am pleased to announce to the public today that after months of diligent intelligence gathering, diligent tracking and coordinated offensive actions, we recorded a breakthrough on Saturday, July 30, 2022 when agency officials and men successfully destroyed two methamphetamine manufacturing facilities, called meth labs.
The first, located on the Victoria Garden City (VGC) estate in Lekki, Lagos, is owned by a Baron, Chris Emeka Nzewi.
The Lagos laboratory was set up in the Boys Quarter building of a four bedroom duplex. From there we recovered a total of 258.74 kilograms of crystalline methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of the toxic drug. The complete laboratory equipment such as gas cylinders, giant gas burners, industrial face masks, industrial gloves, hoses and flat-bottomed Erlenmeyer flasks were also found.
This speaks volumes about his resilience to the consequences of exposing his family, which includes a three-month-old baby, to danger from dangerous chemicals. If so, that’s an indication he didn’t care about public health.
Apart from the fact that the laboratory was located near the kitchen of the main house, in this particular case the waste from the laboratory was sent to the septic tank and seeped into the site with a high risk of contaminating the water table of the entire neighborhood.
On average, the lab produced 50 kilograms of methamphetamine each week, with plans underway to increase production capacity to at least 100 kilograms per week. Where do these drugs end up? From our preliminary interrogation, we now know that the drugs from this lab were intended for both export and local consumption. We also know that there is a supply chain of traders and buyers for export and domestic market.
When you consider that the price of this dangerous drug on the international market has recently jumped up to US$500,000 per kilo, you will understand why Nzewi cared less about risking his own family’s life by manufacturing it put this in the same house where they live. As such, the shutdown of these two labs is a major step in our ongoing effort to curb the meth problem.”
The chairman also revealed that the chef hired to make meth for the VGC lab is the same one who works at a meth lab destroyed in Anambra state, noting they are all linked.