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Kearney-area drug bust leads to federal prison

Federal prison for man arrested in I-80 drug bust near Kearney.
Federal prison for man arrested in I-80 drug bust near Kearney.(Buffalo County Detention Center)
Published: Nov. 10, 2020 at 5:33 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - A man from the Dominican Republic is getting six years in prison after a trooper found a record-breaking amount of the synthetic opioid fentanyl during a drug bust on Interstate 80.

The U.S. Attorney said Felipe Genao Minaya, 49, was convicted on Possession with Intent to Distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.

In April 2018, a state trooper stopped a truck driven by Minaya on Interstate 80 about a mile east of the Minden exit. The trooper arrested Minaya after he discovered 118 lbs of fentanyl, at the time a record quantity for that drug.

The street value of the drugs was estimated to be $5-10 million.

A couple of months later, a federal grand jury indicted Minaya and his passenger Nelson Nunez-Acosta, 54, on federal drug charges.

Nunez-Acosta pleaded guilty to a similar distribution charge and will be sentenced later this week.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

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