Fentanyl Dealers Face Murder Charges Under Texas Bill

  • Members of the Texas Senate have unanimously passed a bill that will open the door for prosecutors to eventually seek murder charges against people who sell, make, and deliver fentanyl.
  • The bill, passed on Wednesday, increases the penalties on the sale and production of fentanyl and classifies overdoses as “poisonings,” and its approval helps achieve one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s calls for legislation, reports The Texas Tribune.
  • The bill, which will now head to the Texas House, also increases penalties for making or delivering less than one gram of fentanyl, changing the crime to a third-degree felony rather than a state jail penalty.