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Pa. state police seized $41 million in drugs in 2017

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
An empty heroin stamp bag.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
An empty heroin stamp bag.

Pennsylvania state troopers seized more than $41 million worth of illegal drugs across the state in 2017, according to a news release.

That includes 227 pounds of heroin and fentanyl, both of which are fueling a deadly epidemic that has resulted in hundreds of fatal overdoses across the state.

In the last three months of 2017, troopers confiscated nearly $15 million worth of illegal substances. That's about double the value of drugs state police reported seizing between July and September.

From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, troopers confiscated $2.3 million worth of heroin and fentanyl, seizing 18 and 111 pounds respectively, according to the release.

Other drugs seized during that timeframe:

• 180 pounds of cocaine valued at $3.3 million.

• 2.6 pounds of crack cocaine valued at $117,845.

• 350 doses of LSD valued at $7,000.

• 615 marijuana plants valued at $101,475.

• 1,500 pounds of processed marijuana valued at $4.7 million.

• 34 pounds of methamphetamines valued at $1.4 million.

• 110,439 narcotic prescription pills valued at $2.8 million.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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