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

(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.

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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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