The Hawaiian Islands consist of 8 major islands. With the 1,500 mile chain of islets flowing off of these islands, the Hawaiian Islands cover 6,422.6 square miles in the North Central Pacific Ocean. In 2008, the population of Hawaii was about 1.2 million people and also has the largest ethnic variety of people compared to any other state.
The illegal drugs that cause the most problems are (ice) Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Cocaine, HCI, Crack Cocaine, Heroin and predatory drugs. These drugs are just as attainable on the islands as they are on the mainland. Most of the drugs are brought in by aircraft passengers or through shipping companies and the United States postal service. There are several airports and airfields on 6 of the 8 islands in Hawaii. Honolulu International Airport on Oahu is the largest. There is always at least, seven million visitors traveling to the Islands every year. Most of these flights coming in are coming from the United States mainland, Canada and Asia. A break-down of the abused drugs and how they are smuggled in will help you better understand the drug situation that exists.
No matter where you are in Hawaii, Cocaine HC1 is the most sought after and attainable drug, quite often this drug is used along with heroin and marijuana. DTO’s are drug trafficking organizations; the ones bringing cocaine into Hawaii are primarily Mexican, Samoan, and African American. Quite a few of the DTOs also have connections to California, Nevada, and Mexico. Mexican DTOs supply the local and Pacific Islander organizations. Asian DTOs also bring in cocaine but on a much smaller level. Local airports, the postal and mail delivery services and inter-island shipping lanes are a ways in which cocaine is brought into Hawaii. The confiscated cocaine most of the time has been hidden in food bags that are vacuumed sealed, Ziploc baggies, and paper bags that have been securely taped with either clear or non-metallic tapes.
When heroin has been confiscated in Hawaii it has usually been the black tar heroin. For the most part, this heroin is smuggled in through the Honolulu International Airport. Mexican organizations from Los Angeles are the ones usually responsible for the distribution of heroin throughout the state. Most of the time when heroin has been confiscated, it’s been concealed on the traffickers bodies as they attempt to distribute the illegal drugs. There are a couple of ways the black tar heroin is illegally brought in from Mexico, commercial aircraft and parcel-mailed. This illegal drug is readily available for users and can be illegally purchased from street dealers, illegal gambling organizations and also in Waikiki and Chinatown areas of downtown Honolulu.
This illegal drug is the most sought after and abused drug in Hawaii. Most of the methamphetamine powder is turned into ice before they distribute it. Statewide, this drug is available and attainable. The production and distribution of crystal meth in Hawaii includes the involvement of Mexican organizations. They transport the drugs to Hawaii from California through the Honolulu International Airport by way of couriers on commercial flights and mailed parcels that are transported through FEDEX and UPS. The crystal meth that is illegally brought into Hawaii is dispensed throughout the islands and then it finally ends up in the local night clubs, on the street corners, at hotels, public areas, raves, and at private homes and residences. The impact of the abuse of crystal methamphetamine has devastated the economy and damaged family structure. Violence in the streets and property crimes has also increased due to the use and abuse of this drug in Hawaii.
MDMA (ecstasy) isn’t produced in Hawaii. It is shipped from the mainland by parcel or snuck in on incoming flights through the Honolulu International Airport. Small amounts of this drug can be purchased in bars, nightclubs and rave parties.
LSD, GHB and MDMA abuse is showing an increase in Hawaii among their youth and military population that is stationed in Hawaii. These illegal drugs can be found quite easily for the most part, and abused by military personnel, teens, and young adults that enjoy dance clubs, raves, and bars. 20-30 year old young adults and teens are abusing ecstasy (MDMA) because it can be found so easily at some of the hotels, nightclubs and all night parties (raves). These drugs are a major problem with the military population. 90,000 personnel and their families make their home in Hawaii, and there are five major military bases there, most of which are in Oahu.
Hawaii is the leader nationally when it comes to producing high grade marijuana. Marijuana that’s home-grown is a staple for the locals and for export to the mainland. In Hawaii, marijuana is the second most abused drug. The biggest part of marijuana is harvested on the Big Island in Hawaii County. The climate in Hawaii is perfect for marijuana production all year round. Because of pressure from law enforcement, there has been a decline in marijuana out-door grows. Many of the outdoor cultivators started moving their marijuana crops indoors. Mexican and Canadian marijuana is confiscated on a regular basis at the Honolulu International Airport. Couriers who carry the marijuana concealed on their bodies and the marijuana that is sent via parcel is routinely seized.
This is one of the most abused pharmaceutical drugs in Hawaii. This drug is available in Honolulu and Hawaii. Individuals going to several doctors (doctor shopping) to get prescriptions is their way of obtaining this drug. There are other ways people obtain hydrocodone which include employee theft from drug inventory, prescription forgery and doctors purposely writing prescriptions to patients for non-legitimate reasons.