New Form of Meth Taking Hold in Arkansas

MARCH 16, 2004 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CDT

ROGERS, AR - A new form of methamphetamine is popping up in Arkansas.

The drug, called "ice," is a more potent form of meth and comes in the form of large crystals that are smoked in a pipe.  Rogers police spokesman Kelly Cradduck says "ice" is to meth as crack is to cocaine.

Both varieties are highly addictive.

State officials say they already have more "ice" cases this year than they had all of last year.

Unlike regular meth, officials say most "ice" is not produced in the state.  Police say the new drug is shipped from California.  Police say few illegal labs in Arkansas can produce the drug.