Authorities seize 118 pounds of fentanyl enough to kill millions of people in Nebraska bust

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KEARNEY, Neb. – Nebraska state troopers last month seized 118 pounds of fentanyl in what authorities said is one of the largest busts of the dangerous opioid ever in the United States.

Nebraska State Patrol Col. John Bolduc announced Thursday that testing confirmed that all 118 pounds of the drugs confiscated during an April 26 traffic stop was fentanyl. The drug, which authorities said was responsible for the 2016 death of iconic musician Prince, is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Without question, that traffic stop saved thousands of lives,” Bolduc said on the State Patrol’s Facebook page.

Originally posted by KIRO7