LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have announced the arrests of two people after an investigation into a spate of drug overdose deaths in the Lincoln area was traced back to fentanyl-laced cocaine stolen from a Nebraska State Patrol evidence locker.

Lincoln police and the patrol held a news conference Friday to announce the arrest of 35-year-old Anna Idigima and 36-year-old George Weaver Jr., both of Lincoln, on suspicion of distributing illicit drugs.

Officials say Idigima was a Nebraska State Patrol employee who worked in the evidence unit when the drugs were stolen from an evidence storage facility.

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