U.S Attorney for Nebraska, Joe Kelley, says Nebraska has a drug problem. Kelley told KLIN’s Coby Mach on Drive Time Lincoln the synthetic opioid fentanyl is one of the deadliest drugs on the streets and comes to Nebraska through a variety of sources.
“Just a little bit inhaled can cause seizure, can cause death.” Kelley says. “That’s a product that’s being manufactured in China, shipped through mostly Mexico and some of our (U.S) ports (and) ends up here mixed in with other illegal drugs.”
Kelley says fentanyl is so dangerous many evidence lockers won’t even hold it. While many news outlets show large shipments of the drug being transported by traffickers Kelley says a lot of fentanyl is ordered on the Dark Web and delivered by the U.S postal service.
While marijuana and fentanyal are still big problems in the state, Kelley says methamphetamine is the number one illegal drug in Nebraska. Kelley says the reason for this is simple. “It’s cheap and its abundant,” according to Kelly. Gone are the days of homegrown meth labs. He says most methamphetamine in the state today comes from south-of-the border. Kelley says the cartels produce, ship and distribute the drug.
Kelley says illegal drug operations bring pain everywhere they go, including Nebraska. He adds this is because the illegal drug industry is closely tied to other serious crimes such as human trafficking and gun violence.
To here more from Kelly, including his thoughts on heroine’s presence in the state, listen to the full interview below: