Fentanyl Bust in Nebraska - Enough Doses to Kill About 26 Million People

Fentanyl Bust in Nebraska - Enough Doses to Kill About 26 Million People

The patrol says the stash was the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska to date, and one of the largest ever in the US.

The semi was driving near the shoulder, and when stopped, "the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity".

Authorities searched the truck and located a "false compartment" containing "42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 kilos of cocaine and 44 kilos of unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl, a information launch mentioned".

Fentanyl in a hidden compartment in a truck.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts congratulated more than a dozen troopers and civilians with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) for their parts in two major recent drug busts.

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But, as the Kansas City Star reported, that amount of fentanyl would contain enough lethal doses to potentially kill more than 26 million people, given that the DEA says as little as 2 milligrams can be fatal. It was not until later that additional testing revealed the state troopers busted a driver attempting to transport fentanyl.

The truck's driver, 46-year-old Felipe Genao-Minaya, and passenger, 52-year-old Nelson Nunez, were arrested for possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to State Patrol. "These two drug busts demonstrate the teamwork and skill of our troopers who constantly work to keep Nebraska safe".

They are being held in county jail on a $100,000 (£74,000) bond.

Nebraska state troopers seized 118 pounds of fentanyl. The drug is legal for certain cases of pain relief, but because of a high profit margin is often sold illegally, according to the agency.

"This year is going to be a banner year, a record year in a bad way, in overdose deaths in the United States", said Matthew Barden, an associate special agent with the ‎Drug Enforcement Administration.

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