Drug Trafficking

Penalty sought for person convicted of selling heroin to minor that results in death

Penalty sought for person convicted of selling heroin to minor that results in death

A bill before the Maryland General Assembly would impose a prison sentence up to 30 years on anyone convicted of selling or providing heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or other opioid to a minor that results in the minor’s death.

Harford Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler testified Tuesday before the House Judicial Committee on behalf of the HB-649 sponsored by Del. Teresa Reilly, chair of the Harford delegation.

This bill creates a crime for the direct or indirect distribution of an opioid or opioid analogue, the use of which causes the death of a minor, a maximum penalty for which could be 30 years imprisonment. Under the bill, distribution includes the sharing of an opioid or opioid...

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