Federal officials were in Omaha today to announce the indictments of a record breaking fentanyl bust on April 26th on I-80 near Kearney.
A State Trooper stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and discovered 118 pounds of fentanyl. 46 year old Felipe Genao-Minaya and 52 year old Nelson Nunez were arrested on drug charges and will make their first court appearance on Friday. If convicted, both could spend from 10 years to life in prison.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to cancel his appearance due to a family emergency but Acting Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency Rob Patterson is an important mission for Sessions.
Patterson says, “You have an Attorney General of the United States that is not just passionate about this but has an amazing dedication of trying to fix the problems of the opioid crisis and frankly drug abuse across the board. It is an ongoing problem in this country. As you all know in this region it is not just opioids that is impacting the U.S. It is methamphetamine and other drugs and we are committed to continue to work on that.”
Patterson and Governor Pete Ricketts also complemented the Nebraska State Patrol, first responders and other emergency service workers who put their lives on the line daily to protect and serve the public.
Nebraska U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly along with members of the Federal Justice Department, the FBI and the Nebraska State Patrol attended this morning’s conference.
Photo: WOWT 6 News, Omaha.