It's one of the largest fentanyl busts in US history, and certainly the biggest ever in the state of Nebraska.
The incident occurred April 26, 2018 on Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska, according to SFGate.
Fentanyl is an opioid that is almost 100 times stronger than morphine and up to 50 times stronger than heroin. This is the largest seizure of fentanyl in the country's history, was written by the experts from Nebraska in a Twitter on Thursday.
After a search, they found the drugs hidden in a fake compartment inside the trailer.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that between 2015 and 2016, the rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl had doubled. Just two milligrams of the drug, equivalent to only a couple of grains of salt, is enough to kill a person, and even exposure to the opioid is extremely unsafe and potentially lethal. After following the truck for about two miles, the trooper pulled alongside the vehicle and waved at the driver to pull over, according to information from the court documents and a statement from Nebraska State Patrol. The compartment contained 42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 pounds of what they thought was cocaine and 44 pounds of an unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl.
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The driver, Felipe Genao-Minaya, and passenger Nelson Nunez were arrested.
The boys had been arrested for "possession of a managed substance with intent to ship and no Drug Tax stamp", and booked into the Buffalo County Jail, the information launch mentioned.
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts congratulated more than a dozen troopers and civilians with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) for their parts in two major recent drug busts.
The amount was sufficient to kill greater than 26 million folks, the Kansas Metropolis Star reported.
Troopers have already seized a total of 4,500 pounds of marijuana this year, more than the record seized in all of 2012.