NDLEA Arrests Producer of “Mkpuru Mmiri”


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a major drug cartel behind the production and distribution of the deadly psychoactive substance methamphetamine, popularly called ‘mkpuru mmiri’.

The leader of the syndicate, 42-year-old Joachin Chikaodi Mbonu, and his associate, Uzogba-Ezenomi, were arrested in Umuomi village, Ikeduru local government area of Imo State.


The cartel with operational bases in Imo and Rivers states became a target of the agency following intelligence indicating it is responsible for the distribution of substantial quantities of methamphetamine in the Southeast, South, and other parts of the country.

Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA spokesperson, said in a statement on Tuesday that after weeks of surveillance, the agency tracked the drug lord to his village mansion in Imo State, where he was arrested with a member of his cartel, Kenneth Chibuike Ofoegbu, 34.

The suspects were arrested with different quantities of methamphetamine, its precursor chemicals, a pump action gun, and cartridges recovered, according to the statement

Babafemi said exhibits recovered from the house include: 419.99 grams of methamphetamine; 750 grams of iodine, a precursor chemical for meth; 500 grams of sodium bicarbonate, a precursor chemical for meth; two electronic weighing scales; and a pump action gun with four cartridges.

The statement reads further. “The operatives moved swiftly to another of Mbonu’s hideouts located at 11 Redemption Avenue, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where they recovered additional exhibits: 750 grams of processed sodium bicarbonate; 170 grams of plain sodium bicarbonate; and 75 grams of meth.

“Another raid in the home of one of Mbonu’s associates, Odoemenam Pedro Chinedu, currently at large, at Njaba LGA, Imo State, led to the recovery of another pump action gun with 25 cartridges, among other items.

“While the kingpin cools his heels in custody, two of his mansions in Imo State have been marked for possible forfeiture to the federal government

“Mbonu had escaped from South Africa, where he lived for years, and mastered the art of cooking methamphetamine after he came under investigation for drug dealings.

“Upon his return to Nigeria, he continued the criminal trade by setting up clandestine laboratories in remote villages to shield his nefarious activities.

Reacting to the successful takedown of the meth syndicate, Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), commended the officers and men involved in the multi-pronged operation.

He stated that the manner in which the interdiction was carried out should send a strong signal to other cartels that there’s no hiding place for them in any part of the country.


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