STATEWIDE — Between June 21 and Sept. 21, Maine State Police troopers seized more than 10 pounds of narcotics during traffic stops on the Maine Turnpike.
According to state police, those troopers are assigned to patrol the turnpike.
The 10.5 pounds of narcotics seized is the equivalent of 4.8 kilos or 48,000 doses,.
State police spokeswoman Katy England said the drugs seized have an estimated street value of more than $720,000.
As troopers continue to make the opioid epidemic their priority, England said heroin has fallen off the list of drugs the troopers seized this year.
England said a more powerful drug, fentanyl, has taken the place of heroin.
She said troopers also confiscated more than $48,000 in suspected drug money.
England said so far this year there have been 321 overdose deaths, with another 50 deaths suspected of being drug-related.