Gov. Ricketts Thanks State Patrol for Busting Drugs

Gov. Ricketts Thanks State Patrol for Busting Drugs

Genao-Minaya and Nunez, both from New Jersey, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, according to court documents.

It's one of the largest fentanyl busts in USA history, and certainly the biggest ever in the state of Nebraska.

Authorities searched the truck and found a "false compartment" containing "42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl, a news release said".

The semi was driving near the shoulder, and when stopped, "the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity". The drugs were valued at $20 million.

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

Gov. Pete Ricketts honored the agency and specific troopers who took part in the drug busts during a ceremony that was held at the State Capitol on Thursday.

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"Without question, seizures like this save thousands of lives".

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

"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. This is the largest seizure of fentanyl in the country's history, was written by the experts from Nebraska in a Twitter on Thursday.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and is often mixed with heroin or cocaine as a combination product, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We can't even extrapolate out the number of lives that this particular bust has impacted".

"This year is going to be a banner year, a record year in a bad way, in overdose deaths in the United States", Barden said.

The other bust included seizing more than 1,850 pounds of marijuana and other drugs during a traffic stop on Highway 81 in Fillmore County on April 18.

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