Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested a Nigerian national, Richard Mbudu Cyril for manufacturing synthetic drug, Methylsulfonylmethane (MDMA) crystal in his rented house using a pressure cooker.
The suspect’s house located in Tarabanahalli village on Hesaraghatta Road, North Bengaluru was raided by a police team headed by Soladevanahalli police inspector R Virupakshaswamy on Monday, January 10, based on a tip-off.
930 grams of methylsulfonylmethane, 580 grams of sodium hydroxide crystal, five litres of acid, an altered 10 litre pressure cooker, a pipe, a digital weighing machine, two mobiles and a scooter, together worth Rs 50 lakhs were seized from the suspect, police says.
According to a statement released by the police, the suspect and his.elder brother came to India in 2019 on a business visa.
They lived in a rented house in Ramamurthy Nagar, East Bengaluru, for six months before moving to Tarabanahalli two months ago. Cyrill’s elder brother is the main accused and is absconding, the police said adding that having learnt how to make MDMA on the internet, Cyrill and his elder brother made MDMA crystal using MDMA, sodium hydroxide and acid, and peddled it to traders and customers.
They procured a 10-litre pressure cooker, altered it by fixing an iron pipe to make the drug. The brothers brought raw materials like MDMA, sodium hydroxide and acid from Mumbai, and boiled them in the cooker. They collected the evaporated substance.
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