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Mkpuru Mmiri is the new hard drug that is causing havoc in South-East Nigeria. While it may sound at first like a New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) it is in fact a Schedule 2 substance known formally as Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or Crystal Meth.
It is currently one of the most abused drugs across Igboland. Called Ice or glass on the street due to its physical form that is clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks, Mkpuru Mmiri has become a serious social problem in the southeast as thousands of Igbo youths have become addicted to the drug which is regarded as one of the hardest drug addictions to treat.
Although a synthetic psychostimulant drug, Methamphetamine is manufactured in illicit laboratories in Nigeria. The first of such lab was discovered in Lagos in 2011. In 2016, Nigerian drug syndicates brought drug experts, allegedly members of the Sinaloa drug cartel from Mexico to help them set up large-scale meth laboratories. The arrest of four Mexicans, all of whom were from the Sinaloa State of Mexico, was strong evidence of the link between Nigerian and Latin American drug cartels. Since then, Meth has grown into a menace troubling South-East Nigeria.
In 2018, another lab was dismantled in Obinugwu, Imo State. In March 2019, the NDLEA seized 309 kg of ephedrine (precursor of meth) from members of a criminal network in Trans Ekulu Estate in Enugu.
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