A trooper spotted a Freightliner tractor-trailer weaving April 26 onto the shoulder along the interstate and switched on his emergency lights, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Fentanyl is an opioid that is almost 100 times stronger than morphine and up to 50 times stronger than heroin.
Police found the fentanyl in a fake compartment of a lorry.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) fentanyl was responsible for at least half of the deaths attributed to opioid overdoses in 2016. The trooper followed the truck with emergency lights for two miles before the truck finally pulled over.
John Bolduc said state troopers had been educated about the drug trade and the nexus of drug trafficking and other crimes. "A search of the truck and trailer revealed 118 pounds of drugs hidden in a concealed compartment inside the trailer".
They found "42 foil-wrapped packages containing 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of an unknown powder suspected to be fentanyl".
Initially, the Nebraska state troopers believed they had discovered a large stash of cocaine.
The driver, 46-year-old Felipe Genao-Minaya, and passenger Nelson Nunez, 52, were arrested "for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and no Drug Tax stamp".
"The work that our Nebraska State troopers are doing are absolutely saving lives." said Gov. Pete Ricketts "That when you take that much fentanyl off the street you are saving lives and that's what our Nebraska state troopers are doing each and every day".
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