›› Hawaii: Drug
Crystal meth (ice), cocaine HCl, crack cocaine,
heroin, marijuana,and predatory drugs are the major threats in Hawaii. Airline
passengers, shipping companies and the U.S. postal service are the primary
means for transporting drugs into the state.
Cocaine is Hawaii’s third greatest drug threat. Prices are moderate
and supply is plentiful. Powdered and crack
cocaine are connected with
such as assaults, homicides, and
child abuse/neglect cases. Pacific
Islanders and local organizations transport and convert the powder cocaine
into crack and distribute the cocaine for retail sale through street
gangs. Cocaine is frequently used with other drugs such as alcohol, heroin
and/or marijuana. Cocaine is often also distributed with other drugs. Cocaine
the Big Island is popular and readily available. Crack cocaine is also abundant.
Crack is usually converted as needed, an ounce or two at a time.
Hawaii reports that crack is sold in Honolulu streets, bars, and
game rooms by San Francisco-based gangs, African-Americans, Samoans, and
Most of the heroin in Hawaii is black tar heroin, although Southeast Asian
heroin is also smuggled in, mainly by Mexican
heroin trafficking groups.
Crystal methamphetamine (ice) is the primary drug threat in Hawaii . Hawaii
has the highest per capita
ice use in the nation. Experts unanimously
attribute the high
crime rate (mainly property crimes) in Hawaii tp drugs. High purity
ice, over 95 percent pure, is readily available throughout the state. Ice
abuse and associated violent crimes, including child neglect, domestic abuse,
hostage situations, and homicides continue
to increase across the entire island state. Pound quantities of ice are smuggled
from the southwest regions of the U.S. by couriers, parcel services,
and U.S. Postal Service. Local addicts can buy ice from many
sources, since small dealers are abundant throughout the state. Most of the
meth lab seizures in Hawaii are small “conversion” laboratories.
- Club Drugs
Abuse of club drugs, including GHB, MDMA, and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide),
is increasing among Hawaii’s youth and the large military population stationed
in Hawaii, particularly those attracted to dance clubs,
raves, and bars.
Marijuana is Hawaii’s second most significant drug threat and is increasingly
used among Hawaii’s youth. Hawaiian
grown cannabis contains some of the highest tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC) in the country. Although the primary supply
is produced locally, “BC BUD” from Canada is increasingly smuggled into the
Continental U.S. and Hawaii.
Hawaii remains the major U.S. producer of high-grade
cultivated marijuana. Home-grown marijuana remains a staple for
local demand and for export to the mainland. Medical marijuana certificates
permit local users to cultivate several plants at their residences for
personal consumption. Marijuana is abundant, and use
by the local population as normal. Marijuana is frequently found
in public schools (grades 6-12) in Hawaii.
Diversion of pharmaceutically controlled substances continue to be propagated by
employees who steal from the drug inventory, doctor shoppers, prescription fraud, including forgeries and other
types of prescription falsification, and physicians who indiscriminately prescribe and write prescriptions for reasons other than legitimate medical purposes. Hydrocodone is one of the most abused pharmaceutical drugs in Hawaii, ranging from $3-$9 per tab on the street. OxyContin continues to be cited by Hawaii as some of the most abused and highly sought after pharmaceutical drugs in their areas.