Crystal methamphetamine (ice) is the drug of choice in Hawaii, according to 2008 reports by the DEA. The majority of powder methamphetamine is converted into ice before it is distributed. The drug is readily available statewide.
A great deal of the crystal methamphetamine abuse in Hawaii is attributed to the DTOs with strong domestic and international organized crime enterprises. Mexican organizations have become more involved in the production and distribution of crystal methamphetamine in Hawaii. It appears that the majority of the crystal methamphetamine available in Hawaii is produced in Mexico and California. Mexican DTOs transport the drug to Hawaii from California through the HIA via couriers on commercial flights, and mailed parcels (FEDEX and UPS).
Crystal methamphetamine smuggled into Hawaii is distributed throughout the islands and eventually lands in local night clubs, street corners, hotel sites, public areas, raves, and private residences. The widespread use of crystal methamphetamine in Hawaii has had a devastating impact on the Hawaiian economy and family structure. In addition, the drug’s presence has increased street violence and property crimes.
Major traffickers or organizations are mostly comprised of Asian syndicates comprised of Korean, Filipino and Chinese individuals who smuggle methamphetamine onto the islands of Guam and Saipan via body carry or secreted into furniture. Guamanians residing in the mainland often acquire methamphetamine and mail it to family members in Guam who sell the drug for increased profit. Monetary proceeds are then mailed back to the mainland via FEDEX, UPS, USPS, or laundered through wire remitters or bank accounts.