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New DEA office in Omaha touts drug seizures in Nebraska

New DEA office in Omaha touts drug seizures in Nebraska

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Agents from the Omaha division of the Drug Enforcement Administration have seized thousands of pounds of marijuana and hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine across a seven-state region since the division opened last summer, the agency said in a news release.

Agents working in Nebraska seized 93 percent of the 5,064 pounds of marijuana confiscated in the division's first six months, a DEA spokeswoman said.

More than 80 pounds of methamphetamine and 27 pounds of heroin were also seized in the state during that time, she said in a news release.

The division covers Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and several counties in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Across that region, agents also seized more than 6,000 opioid and pharmaceutical pills.

The agency estimated the value of the division's seizures at $33.5 million.

Nebraska’s DEA agents had previously been overseen by offices in St. Louis and Chicago.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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