Texas PD officer shares drug interdiction experience

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Plano Texas Police Department's Sgt. Jon Brittan has been sharing the knowledge and experience that the Plano Texas PD has gained in their drug interdiction efforts with local and federal authorities on island.

For over two decades the island has been faced with an ice epidemic, but methamphetamine isn’t the only drug the community is faced with. Cocaine, heroin, fetanyl and other opioids are also of concern as all of these drugs can contribute to an increase in crime and decrease in community values.

For nearly a week, Plano Texas Police Department’s Sgt. Jon Brittan has been sharing the knowledge and experience that the Plano Texas PD has gained in their drug interdiction efforts with local and federal authorities on island.

Today’s training focused on beefing up patrol officers’ abilities to detect drug use. While there are times when the effects of a person’s drug use can be clearly seen, there are also times when patrol officers will need to look for nonverbal indicators.

“Certain things officers do in their training can recognize what’s the proper pupil size that this person should have for an average person and because they deviated from it or they don’t constrict properly when introduced to a light source. People I hear it all the time ‘well that officer was rude to me when he stopped me he shined the light in my eyes.’ We do that for two reasons,” Brittan said.

He says that Guam’s efforts to step up their game in combating drugs on the streets is key because while drug possession is characterized as a non-violent crime, the addiction to the drug and need to score fuels the motivation to commit crimes against the community.

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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.