Enough fentanyl recovered regionally in 2018 to kill 83 percent of the state's population

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Enough fentanyl was seized across the Northern District of West Virginia in 2018 to kill 83 percent of the state's population, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said Friday that more than three kilos of fentanyl were seized, part of the more than 275 total kilos of drugs taken off the streets last year.

“The combination of federal, state and local law enforcement and dedicated prosecutors from this office has resulted in extraordinary successes," Powell said. "Our efforts to cripple drug supply chains and prosecute every significant link we can find have been very effective."

Powell said several firearms were also seized last year.

Other drug seizures in the Northern District of West Virginia included:

- Cocaine: 15.3 kilos
- Fentanyl: 3.1 kilos
- Heroin: 10.7 kilos
- Marijuana (including plants): 161.8 kilos
- Methamphetamine: 84.6 kilos
- Oxycodone: 1600 pills
- Other pharmaceuticals: 49,500 pills

"Our efforts will only intensify as additional resources are dedicated to this fight,” Powell said.