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Nebraska troopers find enough fentanyl to kill 26 million people

Nebraska troopers find enough fentanyl to kill 26 million people

During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity - the driver stated that he and his passenger, 52-year-old Nelson Nunez, were driving an empty truck and could not say what their previous load was.

Nebraska State Patrol seized almost 120 pounds of the drug fentanyl - enough to kill about 26 million people.

They found "42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of an unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl".

State troopers discovered the substance last month when conducting a routine traffic stop.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts honored the Nebraska State Patrol and specific troopers in a ceremony Thursday for seizing 118 pounds of fentanyl in April.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and a dose as small as a quarter of a milligram can be fatal.

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In fact, he said, lab testing confirmed the substance - all 118 pounds of it - was fentanyl, which he said would be worth more than $20 million on the street.

The patrol says such drug seizures save lives. Both are residents of New Jersey, according to authorities. This is the largest seizure of fentanyl in the country's history, was written by the experts from Nebraska in a Twitter on Thursday. Both men have since been charged in connection to the crime, according the Buffalo County Attorney's office. 8 million people. The value of the drug is estimated to be at over $20 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl and its variants killed more than 20,000 Americans a year ago, and the number is increasing.

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

Like heroin and other opioids, fentanyl causes drowsiness, nausea and confusion, and overdoses can result in respiratory failure and death.

Troopers have already seized a total of 4,500 pounds of marijuana this year, more than the record seized in all of 2012. This means that more drugs need to be taken in order to achieve the same level of pain relief, when taken for medical reasons, or to achieve the same high when used recreationally.


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