Two New Jersey men are facing federal drug indictments in what is reportedly the largest fentanyl seizure in Nebraska state history. United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced Thursday that Nicolas Nunez-Acosta, 52, and Felipe Genao Minaya, 47, of Newark, New Jersey are both facing charges related to the seizure.
Kelly said they are charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. The charge comes with a potential ten years to life sentence.
The seizure happened on April 26, during a traffic stop by Nebraska State Patrol troopers along Interstate 80 just outside of Kearney, Nebraska. Authorities said they recovered more than 118 pounds of fentanyl.
“Our fabulous partners with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted the largest fentanyl seizure in Nebraska history, seizing 118 pounds of fentanyl," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "I have no doubt that these outstanding law enforcement officers have saved lives, and that this case will help us get closer to ending this unprecedented drug epidemic," he added.
“The diligence of these two Troopers is incredible,” U.S. Attorney Kelly said. “The interception of these opioids saved countless lives. This is a multi-faceted problem that we are addressing through enforcement, prevention, and treatment."