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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2019 03:18 PM
From: Representative Dan Moul
To: All House members
Subject: Offense for Drug Trafficking sentencing and Penalties
I am introducing legislation that will show beyond any doubt that Pennsylvanians will not tolerate the sale of poisonous illegal drugs to our citizens. I hope you will join me in sponsoring.

My legislation will impose swift and harsh penalties on those who sell for profit massive quantities of dangerous drugs like heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and bath salts. For a first offense of peddling huge amounts of these drugs, the penalty would be a mandatory 25 years in prison. For a second or subsequent offense, the penalty would be life in prison with no possibility of parole. If we are going to send a message that selling drugs is not tolerable, then we must enact legislation showing that we will not tolerate the kingpins who prey on our neighborhoods and families.

Several years ago, our Supreme Court found that Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws were unconstitutional. My legislation will fix the constitutional infirmity – but it will not reinstate the old mandatory minimums. I do not target mere users of illegal drugs. Instead, these penalties will apply only to the worst kingpins and purveyors of dangerous drugs. Mandatory sentences ensure that people committing these serious crimes will be held accountable for their actions. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1343