Nebraska Police Seize Record Amount Of Fentanyl


The truck driver, 46-year-old Felipe Genao-Minaya, and his passenger, 52-year-old Nelson Nunez, both from New Jersey, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

About 24 hours ago, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced a recent fentanyl bust of almost 120 pounds - the largest drug bust in the state of Nebraska as well as one of the biggest drug busts all across the United States. They initially thought that most of the drugs were cocaine but further testing revealed these was all fentanyl.

A state trooper had noticed a suspicious semi the morning of April 26 in Kearney, about 200 miles west of Omaha.

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"Because of the risky nature of the substance, troopers do not perform field testing on suspected fentanyl", according to the statement, so the powder was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab for confirmation.

The amount was sufficient to kill greater than 26 million folks, the Kansas Metropolis Star reported. The fentanyl bust was one of the largest in the USA and the largest in Nebraska, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50-100 times more effective than morphine, and 30-50 times stronger than heroin.

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On Thursday, police said the Nebraska State Patrol's crime laboratory confirmed the substance was entirely fentanyl - making it the biggest bust in Nebraska's history, they said, and worth about $20 million.

The men were booked into the Buffalo County Jail. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl and its variants killed more than 20,000 Americans past year, and the number is increasing. Opioid deaths have continued to spike, with more than 42,000 fatalities across the country in 2016, according to the most recent data released by the CDC.

Fentanyl is an opioid that is almost 100 times stronger than morphine and up to 50 times stronger than heroin. Already, the agency says it's seized nearly as much - 934 pounds - in just the first six months of the 2018 fiscal year. This means that more drugs need to be taken in order to achieve the same level of pain relief, when taken for medical reasons, or to achieve the same high when used recreationally.

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