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Feds: Two men busted in largest fentanyl seizure in Nebraska, had enough drugs to kill 10 times state’s entire population

June 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds: Two men busted in largest fentanyl seizure in Nebraska, had enough drugs to kill 10 times state’s entire population

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Two men who were charged in Nebraska’s biggest ever fentanyl bust had enough of the deadly opioid to kill more than 10 times the state’s entire population of 1.9 million people.

A state trooper stopped Nelson Nicolas Nunez-Acosta, 52, and Felipe Genao Minaya, 47, both of Newark, New Jersey traveling in a tractor-trailer on eastbound I-80 near Kearney..

Troopers discovered 118 pounds of fentanyl inside a hidden compartment in the trailer, according to the feds.

The synthetic opioid — which is 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin — is so powerful that just 2 milligrams can be fatal.

Pictured: A portion of 118 lbs of the fentanyl seized in Buffalo County, Nebraska. (Photo: Nebraska State Patrol)

Authorities estimate that the drugs seized on April 26, was enough to kill more than 26 million people.

Court records indicate Nunez-Acosta and Minaya, both of Newark, New Jersey, were charged Wednesday with possessing more than 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

If convicted both men face life in prison.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the troopers responsible for the bust, saying: ” I have no doubt that these outstanding law enforcement officers have saved lives — and that this case will help us get closer to ending this unprecedented drug epidemic.”

Both defendants were arraigned in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday afternoon.

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