Efforts made by the Nigerian government to fight illegal drug trafficking have not produced the fruits the government may have desired so far. The National Drug law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the national body fighting against drug trafficking in Nigeria, recently discovered another operating methamphetamine laboratory. The discovery adds to a total of five methamphetamine laboratories that have been discovered just within one year.
Consumers of this drug are using it on the claim that it has the capability to boost libido and kill pain in the body. The drug is either injected, taken orally, or through smoking and snorting. Paya, meth, ice and crystal are major names that have been used to refer to the drug.
Four of these illegally operating methamphetamine laboratories are located in the country’s capital city, Lagos. The recently discovered laboratory was built outside this city because the owners feared the interference of police and other national bodies such as NDLEA.
Nigeria has been the chief exporting country of the methamphetamine drug into West African countries through Benin, Senegal and Cameroon. Research shows that many of the laboratories existing in the West African countries are supplied with this drug from Nigeria.
Traffickers of this drug from Nigeria have created so many links with countries such as Asia, Europe, Malaysia, and India where research reveals that the percentage of the drug and the rate of consumption have increased to as high as three times.
Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA’s chairman noted that these drugs are usually exported through Murtalla Mohammed international airport in Nigeria where a major percentage of the traffickers are headed to their various destinations of business.
He expressed concern over increased cases of violence such as robbery and rape which he said have massively increased because of narcotics.
NDLEA has been working hard to stop this drug practice that has widely spread in the country. It recently arrested a Columbian foreigner by the name Gonzele Osorio, widely known as Fabian Arcila. Seven Nigerians who were helping him to set up the methamphetamine laboratories were also arrested. Before his arrest, he had set up two laboratories that were in operation. He was planning to set up the third.
Many Nigerians are using this highly addictive drug which is known to cause severe headaches, hallucinations and delusions. In most cases, meth causes brain damage which occurs when overused. It could also lead to muscle damage which leads to kidney failure.
Victims of meth are vulnerable to stroke, cardiac arrest and hyperthermia, a state which causes high body temperatures in the body. All these conditions create an easy avenue to early death.