Alabama’s proposed crackdown on fentanyl trafficking could end up putting low-level users in prisons that are already overcrowded.
The proposed bill sets mandatory minimum sentences based on weight.
One gram would bring three years in prison.
Wednesday, Kenyen R. Brown, a former U.S. attorney, told the House Health Committee that a person with a trace amount of fentanyl mixed with other drugs could potentially be prosecuted as a drug distributor.
Supporters say that fentanyl is far deadlier than heroin and is doled out in micrograms.
Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) is the bill’s sponsor and says he is open to changing the legislation.