Opioid drug seizure is largest in Nebraska

Also said to be one of nation's largest

OMAHA, Neb. - It's the largest drug seziure of it's kind in Nebraska history.

It's also one the largest ever in the nation.

The drug we're talking about is fentenayl.

It's an opioid that's up to 50-times more powerful than heroin. 

Edgar Navarro, 27, of California was arrested in Nebraska as authorities say he tried to smuggle more than 15 kilos of the dangerous and deadly drug through the Cornhusker state on an Amtrack passenger train. He was transporting the drugs from California to New York or New Jersey.

He's charged with possession with intent to distribute opioids.

The 33 pound drug stash was seized by the Nebraska State Patrol.

There were 15 vacuum-sealed bundles of the white powder that the suspect was carrying in a bag.

Police say the street value of this fentanyl is about $15-million.

Federal authorities tell us that testing determined this fentanyl shipment was so pure that it is deadly to the touch.

In fact, the amount seized by authorities would be enough to kill 4.9 million people. That's roughly the entire populations of both Iowa and Nebraska.

Acting Attorney of the District of Nebraska for the Department of Justice, Robert Stuart said, "This seizure, although it was destined for somewhere other than Nebraska, that amount of fentanyl - This is probably one of the biggest seizures of fentanyl in the United States, much less Nebraska."

"It's become dangerous not only for the individuals who abuse these drugs -- but for all the rest of us who could be exposed to it. That's why I've called this press conference today, to make that point." 

The danger from exposure is so great, that authorities say the passengers on that Amtrak train being used to transport the drugs could have been harmed if they would have come in contact with the fentanyl.

Both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nebraska State Patrol investigated the case.


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