The millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs seized by the Pennsylvania State Police in the first six months of this year has included more than 41 kilograms of heroin.
That figure, in just half a year, has already surpassed 2013’s total amount of 31.5 kilos. State officials concede that the use of heroin in the state seems to be skyrocketing, but they also say the higher numbers can be attributed to strong law enforcement and successful drug investigations.
Just from April through June, state troopers took more than 24 kilos of heroin off the streets, in addition to more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, over 7,500 prescription pills and seven pounds of methamphetamine. Other illegal substances that have been seized include cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl and synthetic drugs.
The State Police say that, in addition to the apparent upsurge in the sales and use of heroin, they are seeing many more prescription drugs on the street.