The Orange County Board of Supervisors Jan. 24 unanimously approved penning a missive of enactment for a authorities measure that, if passed, would let prosecutors to complaint fentanyl dealers with execution if idiosyncratic dies arsenic a effect of them ingesting a cause they sold.
Senate Bill 44, introduced past period by Sen. Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana), would necessitate second-time cause offenders—those convicted of selling oregon distributing amerciable narcotics—to beryllium notified that if they merchantability fentanyl, and idiosyncratic dies from taking it, they could beryllium charged with execution oregon voluntary manslaughter.
“This is 1 instrumentality successful the toolbox” to woody with the fentanyl crisis, Umberg told The Epoch Times.
Former Sen. Melissa Melendez (R-Yucaipa) antecedently introduced a akin measure successful 2021, but it failed successful committee aboriginal that year. She named it Alexandra’s Law successful grant of the fatal fentanyl overdose of 20-year-old Alexandra Capelouto successful 2019, conscionable 2 days earlier Christmas. Umberg revived it with the aforesaid name.
The instrumentality would beryllium modeled aft the state’s alleged Watson Waiver admonishment fixed to drunk drivers—that if they get caught driving intoxicated again and termination idiosyncratic successful the process they look a second-degree execution complaint alternatively of manslaughter.
The measure is bipartisan and sponsored by 18 different authorities senators and 13 assembly members.
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Wagner said during the gathering helium jumped astatine the accidental to enactment the measure due to the fact that it “looks similar it has immoderate foodstuff down it and it is simply a truly bully thing.”
Supervisor Katrina Foley agreed, saying she hopes “finally radical volition aftermath up due to the fact that this is highly unsafe and we should beryllium making definite those causing the deaths of our teens and assemblage members are held accountable.”
Twenty-eight different counties crossed the authorities already person their ain admonishments for dealers liable for fentanyl deaths.
One of them is Orange County, wherever District Attorney Todd Spitzer and Sheriff Don Barnes person directed deputies and prosecutors to springiness their ain mentation of the admonishments aft attempts to walk a akin instrumentality failed.
Spitzer has vowed to record second-degree execution charges to fentanyl dealers fixed the informal admonishment.
The cause is 50 much times potent than heroin and 100 much than morphine. As small arsenic 2 milligrams tin termination someone.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced successful December a record-breaking seizure of much than 379 cardinal deadly doses of fentanyl passim the state successful 2022.
In California, fentanyl seizures accrued by astir 600 percent passim the authorities past year, according to the bureau of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The DEA besides recently announced, of fake medicine pills analyzed successful 2022, 6 retired of 10 contained a perchance lethal dose of fentanyl.