PA Police Say They’ve Seized Nearly $14 Million in Street Value of Drugs in 2017
According to Pennsylvania state police, $13,755,803 in street value of drugs was confiscated in the first quarter of 2017. That included more than $10 million in heroin alone:
“The heroin and opioid epidemic remained evident throughout the commonwealth in the first quarter.”
The drugs were seized between January 1 and March 31, and also include fentanyl and cocaine. The heroin confiscated amounted to more than 29 pounds, had a street value of $10,194,375, and accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total drugs seized.
- Marijuana accounted for the most drug by weight (539 pounds) and was valued at around $1,884,625.
- Dozens of marijuana plants were also seized, with a value of $119,000
- Liquid and solid THC was collected as well, 1.8 pints valued at $32,510 and 2.8 pounds valued at $50,473, respectively
- Fentanyl came in at 8.5 pounds, with a value of $5,200.
- Methamphetamine collected was just over 22 pounds and valued at $1,004,642
- Cocaine seizures totaled 6.6 pounds and were valued at $386,000
- Crack cocaine collected totaled 2.2 pounds and was valued at $99,990
- LSD in 208 doses was also confiscated, with a value of $50,473
- Other narcotics seized came in at 1.4 pounds valued at $5,318
- Pills collected totaled 4,075 and were valued at $40,750
- Just one pound of synthetic marijuana and stimulants was confiscated, valued at $840
Police reported that last year they confiscated over $68 million in illicit drugs in total, including $34.2 million in heroin.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 52,000 people died in 2015 from substance-related overdoses, making these the leading cause of accidental death in the country.
Also, an estimated 2 million people had a substance use disorder related to prescription painkillers, and 591,000 had a substance use disorder related to heroin.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology