Attorney general in Berks to address heroin, opioid crisis

BERN TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro addressed the state's fight against the heroin and opioid crisis during a stop in Berks County.

Shapiro held a roundtable discussion with local leaders and law enforcement at Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township on Thursday.

The goal was for the attorney general to hear their thoughts and concerns about the epidemic in Berks, which has resulted in 69 overdose deaths in the county, as of July 31, according to Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

"If you sell drugs and someone dies as a result, we're coming after you and you’re going to jail," Shapiro said. "Selling fentanyl or heroin is like playing Russian roulette. You never know when the bullet is coming."

The attorney general's visit was part of a two-day, eight-county trip across the state. It came almost a month after law enforcement authorities busted a multi-million dollar drug operation that was centered in Berks and extended into surrounding counties, with connections as far west as Los Angeles and as far south as Puerto Rico.

The bust resulted in more than 200 grams of fentanyl being seized, as well as cocaine, substantial amounts of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, officials said.

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