Gov. Pete Ricketts praises Nebraska State Patrol troopers for recent major drug busts.
Ricketts points out troopers didn’t just seize nearly a ton of marijuana in one traffic stop, but also seized more than 100 pounds of fentanyl in another bust.
“The work that our Nebraska state troopers are doing is absolutely saving lives,” Ricketts tells reporters during a news conference at the Capitol. “When you take that much fentanyl off the street you are saving lives and that’s what our Nebraska state troopers are doing each and every day.”
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent John Bolduc says these were major busts.
“The value of the fentanyl is estimated at over $20 million,” according to Bolduc. “I’m especially proud of our troopers and our staff, because these drugs as we know are contributing to the opioid crisis in our country which is killing Americans every single day.”
Troopers have already seized a total of 4,500 pounds of marijuana this year, more than the record seized in all of 2012. Seizures of methamphetamine this year have already exceeded the total seized last year.
The fentanyl seizure should serve as a warning, according to Bolduc.
“We don’t think that it necessarily impacts us here in the middle of the country, but we are getting evidence from our coroners, from our law enforcement agencies in this state, that we are seeing overdoses right here; deaths that are happening as a result of fentanyl,” Bolduc says.
Troopers have also seized 70 pounds of hash and 80 pounds of methamphetamine so far this year.