UPDATED 10:58 AM PT – Saturday, November 13, 2021
A California district attorney warns drug dealers they could face murder charges for distributing fentanyl laced drugs.
Earlier this week, Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said she wants to prosecute drug dealers for murder if they distribute fentanyl laced drugs and it results in death. This comes after 153 Kern County residents died from fentanyl overdose this year, setting a record high rate.
Zimmer is hoping to step in and combat these crimes since state legislatures are failing to crack down on charges drug dealers receive.
Sentencing admonishment for drug convictions: “Anyone who engages in the inherently dangerous conduct of selling, furnishing or possessing for sale illegal drugs and whose actions result in the death of another can be charged with murder or manslaughter.” https://t.co/C0JnnV0DGM
— Kern County District Attorney (@KernCountyDA) November 11, 2021
“We have to show one, that this is the person, this is the dealer that gave them the drugs, that they knew the drugs and they chose to do it anyway. That would qualify a person to be charged for second-degree murder,” said Zimmer.
California district attorneys in Orange County and Riverside County have also implemented stricter charges on illicit drug dealers. This in hopes death rates associated with fentanyl overdose will decrease.