Fentanyl Traffickers Legislation

Washington – U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) filed the Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act of 2019 on Wednesday to ensure that sentencing penalties for trafficking fentanyl reflect the deadliness of the drug. This legislation marks a major step toward addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The bill reduces the threshold amount of fentanyl to trigger mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers under federal law. Under current sentencing guidelines, a trafficker with two grams of fentanyl is treated the same as a trafficker with five grams of heroin, even though fentanyl is 50 times deadlier.

“Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs there is. It killed nearly 30,000 Americans last year and has been a driving force behind the opioid crisis in the United States. But while the epidemic has spiraled, our drug laws have been stuck in the past. This bill will make sure, when it comes to opioid distribution and trafficking, the punishment fits the crime,” said Cotton.


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