HARRISBURG PA – State troopers across Pennsylvania made 122 drug arrests, and eight arrests for weapons violations, during the three-day period from March 2-4 (2017), as they and state police officers from five other states cooperated on an enforcement campaign to stop the flow of illegal drugs into local communities, the agency reported.
Pennsylvania troopers also seized a kilogram of cocaine, $14,000 worth of counterfeit goods, and five bundles of heroin in separate traffic stops, according to the announcement. Three additional arrests are pending for a drug delivery that resulted in death.
The Commonwealth’s “unique geographic location, and converging highway system, make it a natural conduit” for illicit drug trafficking, said Maj. Edward Hoke, director of the Bureau of Patrol. Besides Pennsylvania, the six-state trooper project involved the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, West Virginia State Police, and Michigan State Police.
The agencies hope to enhance highway safety, increase criminal patrols, and share intelligence, they added. A similar initiative, focused on seatbelt enforcement, reportedly is scheduled for May 22-29.
Photo from the Pennsylvania State Police