Drug smugglers are getting bolder when it comes to the amount they are carrying around the country. This follows last Wednesday’s big fentanyl bust at the Omaha Amtrak Train Station. Thirty-three pounds of undiluted fentanyl was found inside a suitcase.
Associate Special Agent Matthew Barden is with the Omaha District Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency says while this was the biggest fentanyl bust in Nebraska it is now about the average smuggled amount. He says, “I would love to say it put a dent in dent in it. Thirty-three pounds of fentanyl is one of the largest seizures, certainly the largest seizure in Nebraska. It is a very large scale seizure in regards to the totality of the United States but certainly isn’t the largest. A year or two years ago it was customary for us to see two pounds, five pounds and now 33 pounds is becoming quite normal across the United States.”
Fentanyl is an synthetic opioid and is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Barden says it is customary to add fentanyl to other drugs, primarily heroin but they are also seeing it mixed with meth, cocaine and now marijuana. He says the street fentanyl they are seeing is primarily manufactured in Asia and is being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.
27 year old Edgar Navarro-Aguirre from California was arrested in connection to last week’s fentanyl bust. The drug had a street value of $15 million.