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Abbott Signs Bill For Criminal Penalties For Making, Distributing Fentanyl

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Abbott is reviving the GOP’s thwarted efforts to pass new voting laws in America’s biggest red state. His announcement Wednesday, July 7, comes after Democrats temporarily derailed a restrictive bill with a late-night walkout in the state Capitol in May. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Makers and distributors of fentanyl will now face harsher penalties in the Lone Star State.  On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 768 which amplifies the punishment for making or distributing the fatal narcotic.  Under the new legislation, manufacturing or delivering four-to-200 grams of fentanyl will result in a minimum of 10 years in prison or a maximum of life in prison.  Additionally, the minimum sentence increases to 15 years for an amount of 200 to 400 grams and 20 years for an amount over 400 grams.  The new law comes after  Texas Department of Public Safety seized over 320 pounds of the drug in just the first six months of 2021.

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