The prairies are seeing an increase in the use and sale of crystal meth and Estevan is no different.

"It's certainly a growing trend," shared Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "One, because of the lower cost of the drug and two because organized crime has seen a market for it and continues to distribute it."

"We are anticipating that it is likely to grow in the coming months and we've turned out mind to that. Our Drug and Intelligence Unit is working hard at establishing information and a path forward as far as a policing proactive approach when it comes to meth in this community."

"Meth isn't something new, we're seeing an increase today but it's certainly not a new drug."

He added that meth, in particular, is so dangerous simply because it is so very addictive. 

"The reality is people will do just about anything to get that hit. People will essentially do anything to get their next hit. Once you become addicted, there's no telling what lengths people will go to."

The concern is an increase in other crime that goes along with it such as break and enters, robberies and even violence. 

"Where we see an increase in meth, we see an increase in the spin-off crime that associates itself with that desire to get the next hit. That's what make s this drug so dangerous and we are well aware of that. 

He added that they will continue to target the main distributors of the drug.

"We've seen different drugs come and go throughout this community. We had an issue with cocaine and in my view, we still have that issue and we will continue to have that issue as we work at identifying the major groups that are bringing those drugs into our city. And the same will be said for meth as well. A lot of times this is the same group just looking at different commodities and where they make their money."

"A lot of work still left to be done. We've made leaps and bounds over the last few years in my view."

 

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