Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement following the successful drug raid conducted by the Luzerne County Drug Task Force and Hazleton City Police on Thursday, July 30, 2020:
"The drug raid in Luzerne County yesterday demonstrates that we must remain diligent and work together to bring an end to an epidemic that has killed thousands across Pennsylvania and devastated millions more. I commend District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and the law enforcement community in Luzerne County for this successful operation, which seized 3,120 bags of fentanyl among other illegal substances. I will continue my work in Washington and with local law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania to get fentanyl off our streets."
Earlier this month, after a four year fight, the Senate passed Senator Toomey's bipartisan Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act as part of the annual defense policy bill. The Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act will suspend certain foreign aid to countries that fail to limit the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 31,000 Americans died from overdoses involving fentanyl in 2018, an increase of 10% over the previous year. Drug Enforcement Agency data shows that fentanyl was present in 70 percent of the 4,491 drug overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2018.