The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Anambra State has expressed concern over the increasing production of methamphetamine in the state and has announced an offer of N500,000 reward to anyone with useful information that will lead to the discovery of the secret factories where the illicit drug is produced.
Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
The state commander of the agency, Sule Momodu, who made the announcement at a press conference, said that NDLEA was working seriously with other security agencies to get those involved in the business.
He told newsmen that the agency in one of its operations discovered such a factory in Nanka community in Orumba North local government area of the state in 2012 and since then shipments and circulation of the illicit drug had been noticed but the source is yet to be traced.
Momodu narrated how the national headquarters of the NDLEA intercepted a parcel containing methamphetamine about being exported out of Nigeria and the source was traced to Awka the Anambra state capital.
He urged the general public to be conscious of abandoned buildings that are always under lock and key in the day time but in use at night as they might be hideouts for the production or sale of illicit substances.
He said people should also be conscious of strong offensive smell perceived in an area and withering of leaves where unusual by-products of a chemical is disposed, adding that if such strange activities are discovered, they should be reported to the police.