Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a bill Thursday raising penalties for drug dealers, especially those who traffic fentanyl, amid the opioid crisis.
“Floridians of all walks of life have witnessed the destruction caused by the opioid epidemic across our state,” DeSantis said in a press release. “While the Biden administration has failed to stop the flow of dangerous drugs, including fentanyl, across our southern border, we are taking action in Florida to lower both the demand and the supply of illicit and illegal drugs.”
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The measure "adds methamphetamine to the list of specified controlled substances which, if the substance causes the death of a person, can subject the person who distributed the controlled substance to a conviction for first degree felony murder."
Mandatory minimum sentences will also be increased for those trafficking fentanyl under the law. The minimum for those convicted of trafficking between 4-14 grams of the drug will increase from three to seven years, while the minimum for those convicted of trafficking between 14-28 grams will increase from 15 to 20 years.
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The law will go into effect Oct 1.