A task force of Nebraska drug investigators received regional recognition for intercepting an estimated $8.6 million in illicit drugs between October 2017 and September 2018.

Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area officials honored the Nebraska Commercial Interdiction Unit's efforts Tuesday, highlighting work that resulted in 108 arrests in 134 cases, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration news release.

The unit seized 58 pounds of fentanyl, 45 pounds of heroin, 72 pounds of methamphetamine, 10 pounds of cocaine and nearly 700 pounds of marijuana and THC products, a news release said.

DEA agents, Nebraska State Patrol investigators, Douglas County Sheriff's deputies, a Pottawattamie County (Iowa) Sheriff's deputy and a Nebraska National Guard Counter Drug staff sergeant make up the unit.

The Nebraska unit was formed in 1993 to detect drug trafficking via commercial means, such as airports, package services, trains and buses.

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