Nigerian National, Who Made MDMA Crystals By Watching YouTube Videos, Arrested In Bangalore

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police has arrested a Nigerian national for allegedly making MDMA crystals using methylsulfonylmethane, sodium hydroxide and acid at his home by watching YouTube videos. Raw materials worth Rs 50 lakh from the residence of the accused were seized, police said.

The accused was identified as Richard Mbudu Cyrill, a resident of Tarabanahalli. Police seized 930 grams of methylsulfonylmethane, 580 grams of sodium hydroxide crystals, five liters of acid, a modified 10-liter pressure cooker, a pipe, a digital scale, two mobiles and a scooter.

Cyrill reportedly came to Bengaluru in 2019 on a business visa with his elder brother and changed house twice in the last six months.

Police said the raid was carried out after learning of Cyrill’s narcotics activities. The main defendant in the case is believed to be Cyrill’s brother who is currently on the run. The duo learned how to make MDMA crystals on YouTube.

They had bought a 10 liter pressure cooker and modified its lighting by attaching a pipe to collect the evaporation. They put all the raw materials in, boiled them, and collected the steam-like fumes that turned into MDMA crystals on cooling.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Cyrill and his brother bought raw materials in Mumbai and Delhi. They sold MDMA crystals in various cities in India including Bengaluru.

Bangalore City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has announced a reward of Rs 70,000 to the CCB team who solved the case.

Raymond T. Helms