Troopers make record breaking fentanyl bust in Nebraska

Troopers make record breaking fentanyl bust in Nebraska

In a record-breaking drug bust in Nebraska, state troopers have seized 118 pounds of fentanyl - containing enough lethal doses to kill tens of millions of people.

The incident occurred April 26, 2018 on Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska, according to SFGate.

Like heroin and other opioids, fentanyl causes drowsiness, nausea and confusion, and overdoses can result in respiratory failure and death. The fentanyl bust was one of the largest in the US and the largest in Nebraska, the Wichita Eagle reported.

It is reported that deaths from fentanyl in the United States increased more than threefold between 2010 and 2016.

John Bolduc announced Thursday that opioids seized last month have tested positive for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trooper followed the truck with emergency lights for two miles before the truck finally pulled over. "A search of the truck and trailer revealed 118 pounds of drugs hidden in a concealed compartment inside the trailer".

However, on Thursday, police said the Nebraska State Patrol's crime laboratory found the substance was actually entirely fentanyl, making it the largest drug bust in the state's history, worth an estimated $20million (£15,028,500).

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Inside, he found dozens of foil-wrapped packages.

The quantity was enough to kill more than 26 million people, the Kansas City Star reported.

The driver of the truck, Felipe Genao-Minaya, 46, and passenger, Nelson Nunez, 52, both of New Jersey, were arrestedon suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, the agency said.

The Washington Post reports both individuals are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond at the Buffalo County Jail and have a June 20 court appearance scheduled.

A year ago the CDC said fentanyl was found in the bodies of the majority of people who died of opioid overdoses in 10 states during the second half of 2016.

Troopers have already seized a total of 4,500 pounds of marijuana this year, more than the record seized in all of 2012.

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