11 Aug 2008

Police in Guam say use of methamphetamine driving crime

5:51 am on 11 August 2008

The police in Guam say the use of the drug methamphetamine, or ice, is on the rise, and it's fuelling crime.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, ice is the most serious drug problem in Micronesia, in particular Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

A police spokesman in Guam, Allan Guzman, says Micronesia is like a stop over for "ice" going between Asia and the US, and drug linked crime has risen:

"They've got to get that addiction and get that high so they go out. And a lot of crimes that are being committed, majority of the time we ask them, where's the money that you stole from the crime you committed, it was used to buy drugs."

Allan Guzman says people are using ever more devious methods to smuggle the drug.