War On Drugs: Once Again, DeSantis Doing Biden's Job For Him

By Jacob Taylor | Tuesday, 24 May 2022 05:15
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday cracking down on drug trafficking, raising the mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted of dealing fentanyl and making the sale of methamphetamine ending in death a capital felony punishable by life in jail or execution.

"We can and must lower the demand for drugs through education and outreach programs, but we also must fight the supply of drugs and crackdown on dealers and traffickers, particularly of substances like fentanyl," DeSantis announced at a press conference Thursday alongside Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma.

The mandatory minimum sentence for selling 4-14 grams of fentanyl is raised to 7 years, while the mandatory minimum for selling 14-28 grams is increased to 20 years under the bill HB 95.

DeSantis mentioned the fentanyl overdoses of many U.S. Military Academy cadets in Miami earlier this year while they were on spring break after consuming what authorities think is fentanyl-laced cocaine.

"We're going to do all we can to decrease the prevalence of fentanyl in Florida, and that means if you're dealing fentanyl, you are killing people, you're going to be put in jail," DeSantis stated.

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Distributing methamphetamine that results in a fatal overdose will further be a felony murder under the new bill.

Over 107,000 people died from drug overdoses nationwide last year, about 71,000 of which were caused by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

DeSantis blamed the increased flow of fentanyl and other drugs coming across the southern border to increase overdose deaths.

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"If you look at what’s going on at the southern border right now. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this, with the massive numbers of people that are coming across the border illegally," DeSantis stated. "It’s fueling a massive infusion of fentanyl into this country."

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Customs and Border Protection seized roughly 10,600 pounds of fentanyl at the southern border in the fiscal year 2021, a rise of 130% over 2020, according to CBP data.

The number of migrants coming across the southern border has likewise increased recently. In April, border agents encountered almost 235,000 migrants at the southern border, the highest number the Department of Homeland Security has ever recorded.

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DeSantis has taken aim at Biden over the surge in border crossings, blaming the president this week for "violating his oath of office" by not cracking down on the surge.

"Those border communities are just getting killed down in southern Texas with everything coming in, '' DeSantis announced at a press conference Wednesday.

"Biden should be given an honorary membership in the Mexican drug cartels because nobody has done more to help the cartels than Biden with his open border policies."

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