The Guam Police Department is reporting an increase in drug interdiction on our island’s roadways.
Police spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao says compared to last year, arrests for drugs especially methamphetamine, have significantly increased.
“A lot of the arrests that we are seeing are coming from traffic stops. Our patrol officers are vigilant out there and we’ve seen a significant increase in drug interdiction at the patrol level,” Tapao said.
While the island is dealing with a public health pandemic, the island is also faced with an “ice” pandemic and Tapao says this is an issue that the community needs to address.
“A lot of the individuals are battling addiction. Our officers are encountering a lot of addiction with those caught in possession,” Tapao said.
He says the department is working with other agencies like the Guam Behavior Wellness Center on a holistic approach.
Tapao said it’s not just about drug interdiction. He said substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation must also be provided in order to effectively address the meth problem on island.