Crime

State police seize $34 million in illegal drugs in second quarter

State police have seized more than $34 million in prohibited drugs during the second quarter of 2015, the agency announced this week.

Broken down by individual substances, state police seized about 80 pounds of heroin, valued at about $27.5 million, and about 65 pounds of cocaine valued at $2.9 million. The agency also seized almost 800 pounds of marijuana worth about $2.3 million.

The remainder of the total seized is made up of values of crack cocaine, synthetic substances, marijuana plants, liquid and solid THC and other narcotics, according to state police.

The number marks an $18 million increase in drug seizures from the first quarter of the year. In January, February and March, troopers took in $16.2 million worth of drugs, including about 20 pounds of heroin valued at about $7.1 million and about 52 pounds of cocaine valued at $2.3 million.

Trooper and public information officer Adam Reed said the increase from first to second quarter was also seen last year, when troopers seized $10 million more in illicit drugs than in the first three months of 2014. State police confiscated about $107 million in illicit drugs last year.

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