KEARNEY, Neb. – The Nebraska State Patrol, says the nearly 120 kilos of suspected cocaine and fentanyl that the germans were seized last month proved to be fentanyl, a deadly opioid that the federal officials are to blame for thousands of deaths in the whole country.
The patrol says the stash was a record fentanyl seizure in Nebraska and the estimates of the drugs have a value of up to $20 million on the street. The Drug Enforcement Administration says only 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal.
The foil wrapped packages were found April 26 in a semi-searched after a traffic stop along Interstate 80 near Kearney, 170 miles (270 kilometers southwest of Omaha.
The patrol says such seizures to save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl and its variants killed more than 20,000 Americans last year, and the number is growing.