Hewitt Advances Bill Increasing Penalties for Clandestine Labs Manufacturing Fentanyl and Cafentanil
Published 12:36 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2023
BATON ROUGE, LA – Senate Majority Leader Sharon Hewitt has introduced SB 49, known as the “Clandestine Labs” bill. Hewitt’s bill, which was heard by the Senate Judiciary C Committee Tuesday, sets higher penalties for those convicted of creating or operating a clandestine lab for the unlawful manufacturing of fentanyl, carfentanil, or a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, carfentanil, or its analogues.
“These criminals are manufacturing this poison in homemade labs, killing our kids and putting our law enforcement and first responders at risk.” Hewitt said. “This legislation makes it clear that if you engage in the manufacturing of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl or carfentanil, we are going to lock you up and throw away the key.”
Increased penalties for those convicted will increase from five to fifteen years in prison with up to a $25,000 fine to the following: