Nebraska Police Seize Enough Fentanyl To Kill 26 Million People

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They subsequently stopped 46-year-old Felipe Genao-Minaya, along with his passenger, Nelson Nunez, 52, both of New Jersey, and "became suspicious of criminal activity".

According to Nebraska State Patrol, troopers searched the vehicle and discovered a false compartment located in the empty trailer.

According to estimates by the American administration for drug control (DEA), drugs withdrawn in the last month, can kill more than 26 million people.

A Nebraska fentanyl bust seized almost 120 pounds of the potent drug last month, enough to kill 26 million people, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

At first the police believed that they had found some cocaine but further testing showed that the substance was fentanyl.

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts honored the Nebraska State Patrol and specific troopers in a ceremony Thursday for seizing 118 pounds of fentanyl in April. Based on that figure, 118 pounds of fentanyl is enough to kill about 26.7 million people.

The value of the drugs is estimated at over $20 million.

Nebraska state troopers seized 118 pounds of fentanyl. Initially, authorities reported that it was both cocaine and fentanyl, but lab tests later revealed that it was all fentanyl.

The bust is the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska and among the largest in the United States.

The two are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond at the Buffalo County Jail.

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"We don't think that it necessarily impacts us here in the middle of the country, but we are getting evidence from our coroners, from our law enforcement agencies in this state, that we are seeing overdoses right here; deaths that are happening as a result of fentanyl", Bolduc says.

Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are the No. 1 killer in the opioid epidemic, according to a report released this month.

Fentanyl is an opioid that is almost 100 times stronger than morphine and up to 50 times stronger than heroin.

In the United States, it is approved as an anaesthetic and for pain relief, but because of its high profit margin for traffickers, it has become a large part of America's opioid crisis.

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