GPD seeing more drug-related arrests

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Guam Police Department (PNC File photo)

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.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.