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$14M in drugs seized: State police release first quarter total

Published April 20. 2019 10:15PM


The Pennsylvania State Police announced that troopers confiscated $14,190,683 worth of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and other prohibited drugs in the first quarter of 2019.

From Jan. 1 through March 31, state police seized nearly 118 pounds of cocaine and 27 pounds of heroin. Troopers also confiscated more than 14 pounds of fentanyl. In its purest form, even a small amount of fentanyl can cause a severe and potentially deadly reaction, putting users, people close to them and first responders at risk. The heroin and fentanyl have a combined street value of $956,460.

The Pennsylvania State Police remains an integral part of the Opioid Command Center, working to fight the heroin and opioid crisis as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration. In April, the department marked the one-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network.

The network is a centralized repository to track overdoses, naloxone administrations, and investigative drug information that allows police, public safety and health care professionals to share all types of information related to opioid abuse in their communities. ODIN is now used by more than 1,300 agencies in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, including 1,000 municipal police departments.

First quarter drug seizure totals:

Cocaine: 117.78 pounds, worth $2,120,040

Crack cocaine: 4.73 pounds, worth $212,850

Heroin: 26.98 pounds, $728,460

Fentanyl: 14.25 pounds, $228,000

LSD: 506 doses, $10,170

Marijuana THC, Liquid: 29.89 pints, $200,263

Marijuana THC, Solid: 37.27 pounds, $186,350

Marijuana plants: 151 plants, $24,915

Processed marijuana: 1,437 pounds, $4,311,060

Methamphetamine: 68.40 pounds, $2,776,000

MDMA — Ecstasy: 37.06 pounds, $1,226,840

MDMA — Pills: 192 pills, $2,880

Other narcotics: 687.99 pounds, $1,395,980

Other narcotics, pills: 30,667 pills, $766,875

Total value: $14,190,683


Contentment is possible without the aid of drugs. Why are so many turning to this garbage?
Mike to somewhat answer your question, it has all to do with the social issues in our areas. I am both the mother of a recovering addict and I am also a trauma counselor, and I can tell you there are many factors at work here, but the biggest I am seeing is the A) infestation coming in, B) breakdown of family dynamics C) lack of employment (leading to a lot of these addicts selling and using). Its not just our kids, we are also losing grown adults. As I write this, my husband is at a funeral for a co worker who overdosed last week-36 years old. There are very little resources for families here when dealing with an addict. I know-I lived it for five years. Detoxed my own son, and then sent him out of this area for 3 years (changed people places and things). When he returned-his life continued to grow in a positive direction instead of that downward spiral he was on. Got married, had a son of his own, and is flourishing. I THANK GOD everyday, but there are so many parents here not as fortunate. Statistically there are only three places addicts wind up without help-Jails, institutions and pine boxes. Families need education, the area needs help.
Thank God for you Maiseygirl. I appreciate what you are doing and what you have to say. In the military we have a saying for when things are bad, “Hang Tough!” This came from the Special Forces, I heard. Thank you for your input, and “Hang Tough!”
I suppose with porous borders and an accepting drug culture this is what you get. What a shame! Good job Troopers. Be safe out there!
Hey Maiseygirl, what could an average citizen do to help solve this drug addiction problem in their community? Thanks & Hang Tough

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