New bill would make trafficking fentanyl a felony in South Carolina

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – New criminal charges may be on the way for anyone caught trafficking fentanyl in South Carolina.

A bill introduced in the State House would make trafficking four or more grams of fentanyl a felony.

“Whether you have a gram or 5 lbs., it’s treated the same—so this is a good tool for law enforcement to use,” said SC Rep. Russell Fry of Horry County. “They can put people behind bars that have too much of this substance and are killing people in our communities.”

If approved, first-time offenders would face 20 years in prison without parole.

A second offense would carry a 30-year sentence.

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