Published On: Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021

Abbott Signs Bill Enhancing Criminal Penalties for Fentanyl-Related Crimes

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will enhance criminal penalties for fentanyl-related crimes. Abbott signed SB 768 into law, filed by state Sen. Joan Huffman and Rep. Ann Johnson, which goes into effect Sept. 1. The new law increases the punishment for the manufacture or delivery of 4 to 200 grams of fentanyl to a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison. The minimum sentence increased to 15 years for an amount of 200 to 400 grams and to 20 years for amounts over 400 grams. The influx of fentanyl exploded in Texas after federal immigration policy was reversed in January by the Biden administration and spikes in illegal immigration also led to a flood of narcotics moving across the southern border, Abbott said. “The Biden Administration’s open border policies have opened the floodgates for this deadly drug to make its …

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