HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Colonel Christopher Paris, the commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced that the department has received two federal grants totaling more than $5.9 million to fight controlled substances.
“Soldiers regularly face the consequences of illegal drugs in our communities, from overdoses to drug-related crimes,” said Col. Paris. “These resources will help us identify the criminals who produce illegal drugs and the traffickers who distribute them.”
The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), awarded the PSP a grant of $3,986,394 under its Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) program and $1,941.62 under its Anti-methamphetamine program (CAMP).
The Pennsylvania State Police will use the grants to investigate illegal activities related to the production and distribution of meth, heroin and fentanyl. In addition, the funds will be used to investigate the illegal distribution of prescription opioids.
The training included in the award will help State Police improve the safety of officers involved in investigating illegal drug activity within the state.
From January 1 to September 30, 2023, State Police seized over $52.2 million worth of illegal drugs, including $3.5 million worth of fentanyl, $4.7 million worth of methamphetamine and $928,000 worth of heroin.
Additionally, in 2022, cops seized $65.4 million worth of illegal drugs, including $7.5 million worth of fentanyl, $6.9 million worth of methamphetamine and $2 worth of heroin million US dollars.