A Nebraska State Patrol trooper got a surprise after a White House summit on the opioid abuse epidemic.
President Donald Trump, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, singled out Nebraska State Trooper Sam Mortensen.
“In April, Trooper Mortensen seized 118 pounds of fentanyl, enough lethal doses to kill 26 million people,” President Trump said. “Is that even believable? Can you even imagine?”
That seizure was one of the biggest fentanyl busts in United States history.
Trump told Mortensen that was a job well done and unexpectedly invited him to come to the podium to speak.
“First off, thank you for having me here today,” Mortensen said. “This is a huge honor, not just for myself but to represent all of the law enforcement officials in Nebraska.”
Mortensen credited others.
“Every day, there is a lot of people out there that are doing what I did. They’re doing it day in and day out,” Mortensen told the president. “And there’s a lot of people that came before me that taught me how to do this job. On behalf of them, on behalf of myself, and on behalf of my family, thank you for having me here.”
Mortensen’s speech impressed the president.
“He didn’t know he was going to do that,” Trump said to laughter. “And I see a future politician. Be careful, folks.”
Trump signed legislation passed by Congress to fight the opioid epidemic.
Since September of last year, the Nebraska State Patrol has seized more than 176 pounds of fentanyl. According to the DEA, that amount could kill nearly 39 million people.
NSP adds troopers have also seized more than 40 pounds of heroin so far this year, the highest yearly figure in at least a decade as well as more than 2,000 doses of illegally possessed prescription drugs.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]