Meth seizures on the rise, Regina police say

One of the noticeable trends in Regina crime last year was the rise of methamphetamine, often called crystal meth.

708 grams of crystal meth seized last year, up from 308 in 2014

These packets of methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, were seized by police in Prince Albert last year. Police in Regina say now they're seeing a sharp increase in meth seizures. (Prince Albert Police Service)

One of the noticeable trends in Regina crime last year was the rise of methamphetamine, often called crystal meth.

According to the Regina Police Service, there were 708 grams of meth seized last year, up from 308 grams in 2014.

The number of meth seizures has also taken a jump, from 81 in 2014 to 133 in 2015.

Six years ago, crystal meth seizures were minscule, but the amounts have taken a jump recently, the Regina Police Service says. (Regina Police Service)

"There's more meth in the city," police Chief Troy Hagen told reporters recently. "I think that we can say that with total certainty."

Concerns were raised some eight years ago that Saskatchewan communities might be seeing more meth, a relatively cheap, powerful and highly addictive street drug.

While some of those concerns came to pass along the Yellowhead Highway corridor, Regina didn't get hit as hard, Hagen said.

In 2010, for instance, there were only six meth seizures and the total amount was less than 8 grams 

"Fortunately, at that time we were somewhat immune to the infiltration of meth," Hagen said. "It has changed now and it is prevalent."

It appears there was a "shift" starting about eight months ago, Hagen said.

The police service has two drug squads that are working hard to keep drugs like crystal meth off the streets, he said.

According to the police service, there were a total of 18,332 offences reported in 2015, an increase of 4.6 per cent compared to 2014. It was the first increase in overall crime in a decade.

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