By GEORGINA KOREI
NATIONAL Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu says police are stepping up its investigations into the five plastic packets of Methamphetamine (meth) retrieved from the sewerage swamp in Morata on May 6.
“We now have to work extra hard to trace the source of the drug, possibly linked to drug syndicates and people involved in money laundering,” he added.
Ikumu said the white powder in the plastic bags had been tested positive by a National Forensic Science Centre biologist to be of high grade meth.
He had also said there was a high possibility that the money (thousands of Kina currency notes) and meth spewed by the Morata sewer were flushed out from hiding by flood waters.
Ikumu also said the “mysterious” money from the sewer was legal tender and now the meth must really ring a bell to the public, police and the leaders.
“Meth is a high level abusive drug that can have an effect peak of two to three hours after intake, but generally it lasts up to 24 to 48 hours with vast long-term side effects on health,” he added.
Ikumu commended the police Transnational Crimes Unit for recovering the meth packets at the swamp. “The unit should continue on with their investigations,” he said.
“Other police units will also be helping and provide information.”
Meanwhile, the team from the unit told The National that they were very disappointed to read in the media (yesterday) on test results which was not officially released.
“Some of the information published is shocking to us (detectives) as we are yet to receive the reports from the biologist,” the source told The National.
“Misreporting of information is not good, especially when there are procedures and protocols involved.”
By GEORGINA KOREI