A sprawling house in Greater Noida, initially a gym, was exposed as a high-quality methamphetamine lab. Four individuals, including Nigerians and a Kenyan, were arrested for manufacturing and supplying meth. This 600-yard house in Greater Noida’s Estonia Estate, was rented to four men from Nigeria and Kenya.
Four men, including Eze Uchenna James and Alitumolfedi Shedrack, were arrested for manufacturing and supplying meth. The police seized 445 grams of methamphetamine, over 20 kgs of raw material, and lab equipment. Uchenna had a history of involvement in a commercial drug case, leading to a previous 10-year conviction. He was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Neighbors noted unusual behavior, with the inhabitants only seen early morning or late at night, avoiding interaction with others. The house maintained a seemingly normal appearance externally, concealing its illegal activities.
The accused used specific equipment to avoid detection, including a pipe to release any drug-related smells.
The landlord’s involvement is being probed, and efforts are underway to trace the intermediaries involved in drug distribution.
Police suspect drugs were supplied to associates for distribution at rave parties in Delhi-NCR and among the student population. Mobile phones of the accused are undergoing forensic analysis to trace customers and intermediaries.
The police were alerted by a tip-off in November, leading to the arrest of Uchenna, who had previous involvement in a drug syndicate. The seized drugs and equipment indicated a sophisticated operation.
The police are exploring connections to rave parties, student populations, and potential intermediaries. Forensic analysis of mobile phones aims to uncover the extent of the drug distribution network.
Neighbors expressed surprise, as the house was situated in a prominent intersection yet remained largely unnoticed.
Methamphetamine, a potent and highly addictive stimulant, profoundly impacts the central nervous system. Manifesting as a white, odorless, and bitter-tasting crystalline powder, it readily dissolves in water or alcohol.
Originally derived from amphetamine in the early 20th century, methamphetamine found its early application in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. Similar to amphetamine, it induces heightened activity, increased talkativeness, diminished appetite, and a pleasurable sense of well-being or euphoria. Notably, methamphetamine surpasses amphetamine in its potency, allowing significantly greater amounts to reach the brain at comparable doses. This characteristic, coupled with its prolonged and more detrimental effects on the central nervous system, establishes it as a stimulant with heightened potential for widespread misuse. While it may have medical indications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and short-term inclusion in weight-loss treatments, such uses are restricted and rarely prescribed
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Methamphetamine is a psychotropic substance, the manufacture, possession, transport, import, export, sale, purchase and use of which is illegal in India.
The punishment for carrying out any of these activities is proportional to the quantity of Methamphetamine that you are caught with.
- Small quantity (2 gm) – Jail time up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs 10,000
- 2 gm to 50 gm – Jail time up to 10 years and fine up to Rs 1 lakh
- Commercial quantity (50 gm) – Jail time between 10 and 20 years, and fine between Rs 1 lakh and 2 lakhs. The Court may also impose a fine of more than 2 lakhs.