The shadow police arrested a girl with 18 grams of MDMA from a travel agency called Planet Holidays in Wadanapilly, Thrissur yesterday. The ‘dark’ world of lethal synthetic intoxication was seen by the police as a woman entrepreneur with no criminal background was left wondering where she got so much MDMA from. MDMA, which was shipped from Eastern Europe, is now being manufactured in Bangalore.
A large group of Nigerian citizens run MDMA ‘cooking labs’ in many places. MDMA, nicknamed ‘Meth’, will be supplied if you pay and order online. Recently, such groups have opened another ‘payment method’ that is a little more secure, Bitcoin! Bitcoin, the virtual currency, can also be used to buy intoxicants. It is aimed at young people who are interested in gaming and more.
∙ ‘In the ‘Breaking Bad’ model
Making chemicals like MDMA is not as easy as making hashish oil from cannabis. It is made entirely with the help of various chemicals using chemical methods. No MDMA (methylendioxy methamphetamine) can be produced by the general public as it requires the help of a chemistry lab to complete these chemical reactions. This is where the instant cooking labs of Nigerian citizens become infamous.
Videos describing MDMA construction are handy on the Dark Web and elsewhere. There are also some videos on YouTube. After studying these, Nigerian groups are renting out houses in various parts of Bengaluru and setting up MDMA cooking labs. Chemicals such as acetone, hypophosphorus acid, iodine, plain acid and sodium hydroxide are purchased from private dealers. MDMA crystals are prepared using these. Breaking Bad, a web series on the global hit chart, deals with the construction of MDMA in detail. This is also being abused by such people.
∙ Reward as Bitcoin
Groups of young people who use MDMA are globally referred to as ‘methheads’. According to the police and excise, there are such drug gangs all over Kerala. When MDMA arrives from Bangalore, young people are queuing up to buy them. Dealers will post notices on WhatsApp groups of such people saying, ‘Kalkandam has arrived, buy the ones you want ..’ Kalkandam is the nickname given by these people to MDMA Crystal.
MDMA costs between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 per gram in Kochi and elsewhere. The reason for the price is that Aragram MDMA is enough to push 3 people into the abyss. This intoxicant, which is powdered and inhaled through the nose, is not released once used. So many girls who used to use MDMA for fun at parties and so on are now addicted to it. MDMA dealers will only deliver these if you pay in advance online. Bitcoin will also be accepted as a reward.
∙ Death can be bought for a price
The specialty of MDMA is that it can cause severe intoxication for 6 to 8 hours with a single use. Continued use can affect the function of the kidneys and heart. Death is certain if overused. These are called party drugs. Many people think of brown sugar, cocaine and heroin as drugs. These ‘natural’ drugs, which are extracted from the leaves and plants that provide intoxication, are completely marketed.
In India, manufactures for industrial use are being misused to become the next generation of narcotics. Examples include MDMA, LSD, and ketamine. Ampoules and pills are the simplest of these. Ketamine and fentanyl citrate are chemicals used exclusively for industrial and medical purposes. They are used in everything from paint to medicine for animal diseases. Overdose can result in instant death.
English Summary: Bengaluru slowly turning into MDMA Factory