In a record-breaking drug bomb in Nebraska, state soldiers confiscated 118 pounds of fentanyl – and contained enough lethal doses to kill millions of people.
Colonel John Bolduc, Lieutenant Colonel of Nebraska, announced Thursday that a massive amount of suspected opioids seized in the state last month have been beneficial to Fentanyl, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. He said this was the largest fentanyl attack in state history and one of the largest in the United States.
"I am particularly proud of our soldiers and our employees because, as we know, these drugs contribute to the opioid crisis in our country, which kills Americans every day," Bolduc said at a news conference on Thursday. "This work saves lives, we can not even extrapolate the number of lives that affected this particular bust."
But, as the Kansas City Star reported, this amount of fentanyl would contain enough lethal doses to potentially more than Killing 26 million people that the DEA says as little as 2 milligrams can be fatal.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl, which is approved by medical and health professionals by medical professionals, may be prescribed as a legal painkiller, but it is the illegally-made fentanyl that has particularly worried experts about a nationwide drug crisis.
The DEA explains that people who have been exposed to the drug may experience drowsiness, nausea, confusion and sedation; in fact, the agency has even warned law enforcement officials not to touch the white powdery substance or inhale it during the job. The agency said repeated use "tolerance, dependence, respiratory depression and arrest, unconsciousness, coma and death" occur.
Opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, as well as other painkillers, are the leading causes of overdose deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the years, opioid deaths have continued to rise, with more than 42,000 deaths reported nationwide in 201
Nebraska State Troopers discovered the 118 pound Fentanyl late last month while undergoing a routine traffic stop along Interstate 80 near Kearney, about 130 miles from Lincoln.
A soldier spotted a Freightliner trailer on his shoulder along the interstate on April 26 and turned on his emergency lights, according to a sworn statement. After following the truck for about two miles, the policeman pulled by the vehicle and beckoned the driver to pull, according to information from the court documents and a statement from Nebraska State Patrol.
The driver, identified by authorities like 46-year-old Felipe Genao-Minaya, seemed nervous and "visibly shook the truck," according to the court records.
During the stop, the police officer became suspicious of criminal activity – the driver explained that he and his passenger, 52-year-old Nelson Nunez, drove an empty truck and could not say what his previous load was. He had no electronic record and it did not seem to bother him that the soldier put her out of service, according to the records.
Court records state that the soldier had asked to search the truck, then a hidden compartment under the
Inside, he found dozens of foil-wrapped parcels.
The substance was initially tested positive for cocaine and an unknown powder, presumably fentanyl, said the soldiers.
Dangerous Type of Substance, soldiers do no field trials on suspected fentanyl, "according to the statement, so the powder was sent to the Nebraska state police crime lab for confirmation. [BolducwiththeNebraskastatepolicetoldreportersThursdaythatthefirsttestshowedafalsepositiveresultforcocaine
In fact, he said, lab tests confirmed that the substance – all 118 pounds of it – was fentanyl, which he said was worth more than $ 20 Millions on the streets.
Genao-Minaya and Nuñez, both from New Jersey, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intention of distributing, a maximum of 20 years in jail, according to court documents It was immediately clear whether Genao-Minaya has a lawyer, and Nunes' public defender could not be reached immediately for comment on the case 659020] The two are being held in Buffalo County Prison instead of $ 100,000. They are expected to appear in court on June 20.
This item has been updated.
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