Friday, May 4, 2018

73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of fentanyl seized in Nebraska

Nebraska State Patrol troopers seized 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of fentanyl in a truck stop last week. A state trooper was driving eastbound on Interstate near Kearney, Nebraska. The driver, Felipe Geano-Minaya, 47, and passenger Nelson N. Nunez caused suspicion.

Under the refrigeration unit at the front of the trailer, the trooper discovered a hidden compartment with 42 brick-like packages wrapped in foil inside. The men were taken into custody and both being held at the Buffalo County Jail each on a $100,000 bond. They are each charged in Buffalo County Court with felony distribution of fentanyl.
According to a JAMA study, synthetic opioids are now responsible for more overdose deaths than prescription painkillers. In 2016, synthetic opioids caused more than 19,000 overdose deaths. That number is at least 2,000 deaths more than those attributed to prescription opioids.

About 37 percent of the heroin-related deaths in 2016 in the US involved synthetic opioids.