Posted on May 16, 2019 by jdooley
Bill calls for fentanyl to be defined as a “narcotic substance” increasing sentencing to no less than 15 years and/or a $50,000 fine
HARTFORD, CT – State Representatives Kathy Kennedy, Themis Klarides, and Charles Ferraro, praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday, May 14th to increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, submitted this bill in an effort to legislatively address the opioid crisis and curtail the growing use and distribution of fentanyl and fentanyl laced drugs throughout Connecticut.
“Connecticut needs to severely punish these street dealers and fentanyl manufacturers for selling this deadly drug. Changing the definition of fentanyl to a narcotic permits state prosecutors and judges to level tougher prison sentences,” said Rep. Kennedy, who has personally seen the devastation of the opioid epidemic. “Let’s stop the proliferation of fentanyl on our streets now. (more…)