Police Chief Stephen Ignacio confirmed an officer has popped positive. Although he could not disclose what the officer tested positive for, GPD did confirm the officer is from Hagat precinct. an internal affairs investigation has been launched and the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

This positive test came about after 75% of the Guam Police Department to include uniformed personnel and test designated positions such as criminalists and evidence property officers were randomly selected for drug testing on May 15.

According to Police Chief Stephen Ignacio, the last testing was done sometime right before the COVID pandemic.

“This was something we had been working on with the Department of Administration, for well over a year,” said Ignacio. 

As KUAM reported, it was back in April when a longtime officer also assigned to Hagat precinct tested positive meth and a glass pipe was found in one of the patrol vehicles during a shift change. When asked for an update on that IA investigation.

“That case is ongoing at this point. Following that, we did a drug sweep of all precincts, as we reported in our oversight hearing, there was no discovery of drugs or drug paraphernalia,” he added. 

When asked about the status of other ia investigations to include the federal online gambling case which named an officer and the initials of three others, Ignacio said all the cases are still within the 90-day timeframe and are actively being investigated.

Issuing a statement was Sen. Chris Barnett, Chair of Public Safety, "We never want to see law enforcement testing positive for illegal drugs. With crystal methamphetamine reaching every corner of our community, it’s unfortunate when we see cops struggling with crystal meth, but we must support and enforce zero tolerance. This positive test result came after 3/4 of the Guam police department was tested, so I am encouraged a vast majority of our police force remains drug free."