OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Federal authorities have arrested a man for what officials say is the largest fentanyl drug seizure in Nebraska.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested 27-year-old Edgar Navarro-Aguirre on Wednesday after seizing about 33 pounds of the drug, which is an opioid up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Even tiny doses of the drug can be fatal.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Navarro-Aguirre was traveling on an Amtrak train and was waiting at the Omaha station when agents noticed a suspicious bag. After getting approval to search the bag, they found what they say is fentanyl.
Navarro-Aguirre faces charges of possession with intent to distribute a substance containing fentanyl. His initial federal court appearance will be Friday afternoon.
It wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer who could discuss the matter.
The following is a press release from the U.S. Attorneys Office:
Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart held a press conference today at the U.S. Attorney’s Office with members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nebraska State Patrol to announce yesterday’s arrest of a 27 year-old California man and the seizure of more than 15 kilos of fentanyl, with a potential street value of $15 million dollars.
The seizure of the fentanyl occurred during an interdiction operation in Omaha, as the drugs were being transported from California to New York/New Jersey.
This fentanyl seizure is the largest ever in Nebraska and one of the largest in the nation. Fentanyl is an opioid drug, 40-50 times more potent than heroin.
The individual arrested was Edgar Navarro-Aguire, dob 12/18/1989, unknown address. He is charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. In violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 (a) (1) and Title 21, United States Code Section 841 (b) (1). The penalty for this is 10 years to life.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nebraska State Patrol as part of an interdiction squad that also includes the Omaha Police Department and the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.