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What Cops Found in Secret Compartment Could've Killed 26M

It was 118 pounds of fentanyl, worth $20M
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2018 7:43 AM CDT
A reporter holds up an example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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(Newser) – Suspicious of a semi-truck driving on the shoulder of I-80, Nebraska State Patrol troopers searched the vehicle and, in so doing, made the largest fentanyl bust in the state's history. In a secret compartment in the truck, stopped near Kearney on April 26, authorities say they found 118 pounds of the drug, or enough to kill 26 million people, per NPR.

Troopers originally thought the haul was mostly cocaine, but lab tests confirmed it to be fentanyl, a drug up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Just two milligrams can kill, reports CNN. Two New Jersey men, aged 46 and 52, are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The haul is worth an estimated $20 million. (Read more fentanyl stories.)

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