Last year, four men rented a “luxurious and secluded private” house in Alestonia Estate in Greater Noida’s Chaii-3 and started “cooking”. And the fact that the area was isolated meant that no one had any idea what they were doing. Until last week, when police arrested them and dismantled their “secret meth lab.”
The four men — Eze Uchenna James (49); Alitumolfedi Shedrack (28); Ezelbe Emeka Chibuzo of Nigeria; and Ivo Osita of Kenya – were arrested for allegedly manufacturing and supplying good quality methamphetamine, senior officers said. DCP (Dwarka) Ankit Kumar said raw materials amounting to 20.5 kg, including 1 kg of pseudoephedrine, were recovered.
Describing the “laboratory”, officers said there were three rooms filled with gas cylinders and other kitchen utensils. Sophisticated equipment including a heated coat machine and high quality face masks were also recovered.
According to the police, it was information received on November 27 by the anti-drug cell of the Dwarka unit that alerted them of Uchenna’s involvement in a drug syndicate. As a result, a trap was set and he was arrested; Nearly 70 grams of good quality methamphetamine were also recovered.
Officers said Uchenna was earlier arrested in a commercial drug case by the Punjab Narcotics Control Bureau and was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court. He was later released on bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The DCP said: “During investigation, we discovered that Shedrack, an accomplice of Uchenna, was… the one supplying methamphetamine to the latter to sell in the market.”
A trap was laid in Uttam Nagar and he was arrested on January 11; police recovered 100 grams of drugs from his possession. “He was earlier arrested in a commercial drug case by the Punjab NCB and was sentenced to 10 years…He was currently out on bail,” the DCP added.
Chibuzo and Osita were later arrested.
An officer said: “They were manufacturing the drugs late at night… We are trying to trace their banking transactions to determine how much money they have made so far… we have sent their phones to forensic experts to trace the phone numbers of those they provided. drug.
The officers said the drugs were to be distributed by the accused to their prospective customers, mainly in Delhi-NCR. “If it was a high-profile customer, they supplied the drug directly to them or they had several middlemen to do the work.
In May last year, police had busted two similarly functioning methamphetamine labs in Greater Noida.