Authorities make one of country’s largest fentanyl seizures
OMAHA, Neb. —Acting United States Attorney for the District of…
OMAHA, Neb. —
Acting United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska says an interdiction operation in Omaha has resulted in one of the largest fentanyl seizures the country has ever seen.
Authorities say a 27-year-old California man was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of transporting more than 15 kilos, or 33 pounds, of the dangerous drug.
“This fentanyl seizure is the largest ever in Nebraska and one of the largest in the nation,” a news released from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Fentanyl is an opioid drug 40 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Local experts say it only takes a small amount, about 3 milligrams, for the drug to be fatal.
With that in mind, the amount seized by authorities would be enough to kill approximately 4.9 million people, or about the entire populations of Iowa and Nebraska.
The name of the individual and the federal charges and penalties will be made available at a news conference Thursday afternoon, authorities say.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nebraska State Patrol.