Earlier this month the Pennsylvania State Police announced that it had seized more than $13 million worth of street drugs in the third quarter of 2022. More than ⅓ of the value of drugs seized came from marijuana which the force estimates to be valued at about $5.5 million. Police also removed over $2 million worth of cocaine and more than $1 million in Methamphetamine and Fentanyl from circulation.
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, announced that $1.5 million in restitution will be paid to residents of the state who were charged obscene and illegal rates for automobile title loans from CashPoint. Cashpoint charged interest rates as high as 200% for loans using the borrower’s vehicle as collateral; the restitution is to come in the form of a refund. In October 2021 CashPoint was ordered by courts to forgive more than $3 million in debt to victims of their exploitative loaning practices. Also as part of the settlement, CashPoint’s owners may not own, participate in, or work for any entity that loans money within the state of Pennsylvania for seven years after the final refund is paid out.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection ended drought watches in 16 counties on Monday, mostly in the eastern portion of the state. 20 central PA counties are still under watch by the DEP.