Abbott signed SB 768 into regulation, filed by state Sen. Joan Huffman and Rep. Ann Johnson, which works into impact Sept. 1.
The brand new regulation will increase the punishment for the manufacture or supply of 4 to 200 grams of fentanyl to a minimal of 10 years to a most of life in jail. The minimal sentence elevated to fifteen years for an quantity of 200 to 400 grams and to twenty years for quantities over 400 grams.
The inflow of fentanyl exploded in Texas after federal immigration coverage was reversed in January by the Biden administration and spikes in unlawful immigration additionally led to a flood of narcotics transferring throughout the southern border, Abbott stated.
“The Biden Administration’s open border insurance policies have opened the floodgates for this lethal drug to make its approach into our communities, however we’re taking motion to cease this epidemic,” Abbott stated. “By cracking down on the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl, we are going to assist save lives right here in Texas and throughout America.”
By April of this yr, Texas DPS reported an 800 p.c improve over final yr within the quantity of fentanyl its officers confiscated after apprehending drug smugglers.
By July, DPS had seized sufficient fentanyl to kill each individual in Texas and California mixed, officers stated, a 950 p.c improve from final yr.
Customs and Border Patrol additionally reported that within the first quarter of 2021 it had seized 2,098 complete kilos of fentanyl alongside the southern border, a 233 p.c improve in comparison with the identical quarter final yr.
Fentanyl, an artificial opioid initially developed by pharmaceutical firms to assist most cancers sufferers, is “roughly 100 occasions stronger than morphine and 50 occasions stronger than heroin,” in response to the DEA.
Two milligrams, the burden of a mosquito, is deadly. A teaspoon holds about 5,000 milligrams, sufficient to kill 2,500 folks. One pound of fentanyl, or 453,592 milligrams, may kill 226,796 folks.
In response to the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, fentanyl has change into the deadliest drug in America. It was first authorized by the FDA in 1968, but it surely’s been up to now decade that its position within the opioid epidemic has come to mild. From 2011 to 2017, the fentanyl loss of life charge elevated by 1,125 p.c, in response to CDC information.
Mexican transnational legal organizations proceed to provide many of the fentanyl (in addition to cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin) smuggled into the nation, in response to the DEA. Fentanyl and different medication primarily come into the U.S. from Mexican cartels: the Sinaloa Cartel and Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, referred to as CJNG, the DEA reviews.
Fentanyl is usually dyed blue and stamped to appear like the prescription capsule oxycodone or OxyContin, the DEA says. The capsule is called “Mexican Oxy” or “M30s” on the streets as a result of on all sides of the capsule is stamped a “30” and “M.”
In 2019, the Trump administration thought-about classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.
By Bethany Blankley