Drug Dealers can face murder charges and stiff minimum sentences
Here in Sarasota and Manatee County the State is out to reduce the drug overdose rate by cracking down on anyone who sells fentanyl. No legislator, and few prosecutors, understand how the fentanyl epidemic came about. This all goes back to the pharmaceutical companies and the opiates their drug reps pushed for years and the doctors that prescribed Oxycontin and Oxycodone in excess. Thousand of normal people got hooked on opiates. When the legislature tried to stop that problem with the drug database law, no one anticipated the result.
The implementation of the law cracking down on doctor shopping, and cutting off the supply of prescription opiates, left the people addicted nowhere to go but to the street level drug dealers to get a substitute, heroin. As the police cracked down on the heroin supply, the dealers turned to Fentanyl, readily available from China and other Asian countries.
Fentanyl kills people and is much deadlier than heroin and there was a spike in deaths in Bradenton and Sarasota. The underlying problem is addiction and the true answer is to treat drug addiction as a medical issue. If you take the money out of it, there would be no drug dealers. In the meantime, society continues to deal with this in the wrong way.
There are stiff minimum mandatory sentences for trafficking in Heroin and Fentanyl. But for every drug dealer sentenced to twenty years another one will take his place. Over the years, as a Drug Offense criminal defense lawyer in Sarasota and Manatee, I have represented hundreds of people charged with trafficking, dealing and possession of Opiates like heroin, Fentanyl and other designer drugs. Drug addiction is a medical issue and the Florida prison system is full of addicts who were selling and dealing to simply support their own habit. The laws need to change, but in the meantime, as a Sarasota and Manatee Criminal Defense Attorney handling Felony drug charges, I will continue to try and help people accused of dealing drugs. For many, it is the only way they can support their habit. The answer is a better intervention program where addicts get help not jail. If you or a friend or relative find yourself in a bad legal situation as a result of drug dependency and what to talk, a free confidential consultation may help you find answers to your problem. Jail is not the answer for addiction