Troopers make record fentanyl bust: enough to kill about 26 million people, DEA reckons

Troopers make record fentanyl bust: enough to kill about 26 million people, DEA reckons
Fentanyl: more dangerous than heroin. (Image: Screen grab of Inside Edition video, YouTube)

One of the largest fentanyl busts in the U.S. — and the largest in Nebraska — was confirmed by the Nebraska State Patrol on Thursday.

The 118 pounds of opiates seized was “entirely fentanyl” the department posted to Twitter.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says as little as two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dosage in most people. Using that calculation, the 118 pounds of fentanyl could kill about 26,761,928 people.

Two milligrams is equal to about a few grains of table salt.

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Fentanyl is a white powder — similar in size to grains of salt — according to the DEA. A very small amount can cause a severe or potentially fatal reaction not just to users, but also to those who are exposed to it.

The state troopers announced the drug bust on May 1. In the news release, troopers said 117 pounds of narcotics were seized after a traffic stop on I-80, near Kearney, at about 10:30 a.m. on April 26.

The semi was driving near the shoulder, and when stopped, “the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity.”

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