PA State Police Seize More Fentanyl in Last Three Months Than All of 2020

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Erie News Now) – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) recently released third quarter data for 2022 showing the total weight and dollar amount of illegal drugs confiscated by Troopers. The data show there was more fentanyl confiscated in the third quarter of 2022 than all of 2020.

In 2020, the total weight of fentanyl seizures amounted to 78.47 pounds, with a value of $1,254,720. From July through September of this year, PSP seized 85.54 lbs. with a value of $1,368,640.

The dollar amount in fentanyl seized during the first quarter of 2022 ($1,027,200) was over 3.5 times that of 2020 ($283,040). For the third quarter of this year, the amount seized ($1,368,640) was more than 6.5 times the third quarter of 2020 ($205,920).

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP), fentanyl seizures have spiked in recent months. In July, CBP reported 2,200 lbs. of fentanyl seized, followed by 2,300 lbs. in August.

The numbers below show a decrease in fentanyl seizures when comparing the second and third quarters of 2021 with 2022. The numbers indicate fentanyl seized by PSP alone.

Fentanyl seized by State Troopers:


Q1: 17.69 lbs., $283,040

Q2: 29.86 lbs., $477,760

Q3: 12.87 lbs., $205,920

Q4: 18.05 lbs., $288,000

Total: 78.47 lbs., $1,254,720


Q1: 43.32 lbs., $693,120

Q2: 306.49 lbs., $4,903,840

Q3: 175.88 lbs., $2,814,080

Q4: 25.99 lbs., $415,840

Total: 551.68 lbs., $8,826,880


Q1: 64.2 lbs., $1,027,200

Q2: 138.16 lbs., $4,144,800

Q3: 85.54 lbs., $1,368,640

Total (YTD): 287.9 lbs., $6,540,640

According to PSP, Troopers also seized more than 108 pounds of cocaine, 144 pounds of methamphetamines and over 65,000 pills of assorted narcotics and other illicit drugs in the third quarter.

PSP also offers 65 drug take-back boxes at state police stations throughout the commonwealth. They collected 698 pounds of prescription and other medication as part of its drug take-back program this quarter as well.


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