Bill cracking down on synthetic drug dealers passes Indiana House

A bill cracking down on synthetic drug dealers is also moving on to the Indiana Senate.

Posted: Jan. 31, 2019 5:48 PM
Updated: Jan. 31, 2019 5:48 PM

INDIANAPOLIS Ind. (WLFI) — Lawmakers are one step closer to cracking down on synthetic drug dealers in Indiana.

State Representative Sharon Negele says synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts have the same effect as drugs like cocaine.

However, synthetic dealers are sentenced as though these are the lowest-level drugs out there.

She wants tougher penalties for synthetic drug dealers and the majority of those in the House of Representatives agreed with her.

Negele’s legislation would also give prosecutors criteria to consider when determining whether a substance is mimicking a controlled substance.

According to her press release, Negele said this would grant more flexibility to convict dealers and manufacturers who design the substances to look and act like other known illegal drugs.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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