Indiana lawmaker to introduce bill for tougher sentences for certain drug dealers

An Indiana state lawmaker wants tougher sentences for certain drug dealers.

State Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) said a major problem is that dealers are lacing drugs with fentanyl and carfentanil.

Those opioid painkillers are significantly more potent than morphine.

The state said overdoses are increasing as a result.

Merritt will introduce a bill next year that would mandate a 10-year sentence for anyone convicted of selling these drugs.

He said the bill would empower prosecutors to seek harsher penalties.

Merritt also wants mandatory sentences for drug dealers responsible for an overdose death.

(This story was originally published on October 11, 2017)


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