As high as 9 out 10 crimes related to ‘ice,’ says lawmaker


Most of the crimes committed in the CNMI may have something to do with methamphetamine or “ice,” according to Rep. Antonio P. Sablan (Ind-Saipan), who said that based on his own estimates, crimes from burglary to murder may have direct links to the illegal drug.

He estimated that the figures can be anywhere from 80 to 90 percent.

“These are just based on my meetings and consultations with the authorities,” Sablan said, noting that he and other lawmakers have been meeting with the Department of Public Safety and the Customs Division of the Department of Finance.

For the lawmaker, the “ice” issue “is an alarming development” that deserves attention. There are no current statistics to speak of when it comes to “ice,” but the establishment of a drug court can provide needed data.

Sablan is the author of a House joint resolution, HJR 19-05, seeking to create a multi-agency, multi-department, anti-crime task force on the CNMI. Members of the House of Representatives voted unanimously to support the resolution.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
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