Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Crystal meth crackdown leading to increased cocaine arrests, use

KPUA Hilo Hawaii

Honolulu (AP) - Cocaine arrests in Honolulu are on pace to hit a five-year high as a police crackdown on crystal methamphetamine has prompted drug dealers to turn to other drugs.

Honolulu police made 75 cocaine arrests during the first four months of this year compared with 135 arrests for all of last year.

Anthony Williams is the assistant special agent in charge of the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration's Honolulu district office.

He says some crystal methamphetamine dealers are reverting to cocaine distribution because of the federal penalties for crystal methamphetamine trafficking.

Major Kevin Lima is the head of the Honolulu Police Department's Narcotics/Vice division.

He says methamphetamine abusers who have a hard time obtaining ice have been known to switch to cocaine.


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