Cops in Nebraska seize enough fentanyl to kill 26 MILLION people

Credit Nebraska State Patrol

Credit Nebraska State Patrol

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and a dose as small as a quarter of a milligram can be fatal.

The seizure marked the largest fentanyl bust in the history of Nebraska, Nebraska State Patrol said on Twitter.

Drug enforcement officials say they confiscated enough fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, to kill 26 million people.

As NPR's Brian Naylor reported, much of that fentanyl is coming from overseas through the U.S. Postal Service, which handles 1.3 million packages coming into the country each day.

Credit Nebraska State Patrol
Credit Nebraska State Patrol

Police discovered almost 120 pounds of the synthetic opioid in a semi-truck last month after the vehicle was seen driving on the shoulder of the road, CNN reports.

Hazardous substance found hidden in the truck.

A test at the crime lab confirmed the troopers actually seized 118 pounds of fentanyl, according to the tweet.

The most potent narcotic known, fentanyl is a man-made opioid and a pain reliever usually used for terminally-ill patients.

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Another big bust happened in April when troopers found more than 1800 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.

They found "42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of an unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl".

Bolduc, with the Nebraska State Patrol, told reporters Thursday that the initial test showed a false positive for cocaine.

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.

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"If you take that much fentanyl off the streets, you are saving lives", Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said.

"This year is going to be a banner year, a record year in a bad way for over dosing death in the United States." said Matthew Barden of the DEA "Their talking about 70,000 plus overdoses this year".

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