HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania State Police say that more than $8.6 million in illegal drugs were confiscated in the past three months.
State police announced on Tuesday that troopers had confiscated $8,630,235 worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and other illegal drugs in 2019’s third quarter.READ MORE: St. Patrick's Day Parade In Pittsburgh Sees Smaller Crowd For Celebrations In September
From July 1 through Sept. 30, almost 200 pounds of cocaine and more than 35 pounds of heroin and fentanyl combined were seized by troopers.
State police estimate the confiscated cocaine has a street value of $4.2 million. They estimate the seized heroin and fentanyl are worth almost a combined $1 million.READ MORE: Male Suspect In Custody After 3 People Shot At Baby Shower At Kinloch Volunteer Fire Department
In addition to seized drugs, state police say they took 1,083 pounds of medication as part of its drug take-back program.
At 65 Pennsylvania State Police stations, there are drug take-back boxes residents can place unwanted prescriptions and medications.MORE NEWS: Allegheny Co. Police Investigating After Woman Found With Gunshot Wound In City Of Duquesne
They say it’s part of an effort to fight the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.