More than 15 kilos of fentanyl, with an estimated value of $15 million, has been seized in Omaha.
The United States Attorney’s office reports officers seized the fentanyl during an interdiction operation as the drugs were being transported from California to the East Coast, either New Jersey or New York. The seizure is the largest ever in Nebraska and one of the largest ever in the nation.
Federal prosecutors say fentanyl, an opioid, is 40-to-50 times more potent than heroin.
Officers arrested 27-year-old Edgar Navarro-Aguire, no known address, and charged him with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to sell 400 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.
The Nebraska State Patrol aided the Drug Enforcement Administration in the case with help from the Omaha Police Department and the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.