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Drug Dealers Selling Fentanyl Can Face Murder Charges in Florida

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is prescribed as a painkiller for individuals who have undergone surgery or those suffering from chronic pain. However, this prescription drug has a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin alone, which means that only two milligrams of the substance are enough to cause death, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). When the synthetic opioid is combined with alcohol or other illegal drugs, it can be even more fatal.

Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in deaths due to drug overdoses involving fentanyl in recent years.

In order to curtail this epidemic, former-Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law in 2017 that increases mandatory minimum prison sentences for possession of fentanyl.

Possession of up to 14 grams of fentanyl can lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence between three and four years, possession of between 14 and 28 grams of fentanyl can result in a mandatory minimum of up to 15 years, and possession of more than 28 grams can lead to a mandatory minimum of 24 years.

But when a drug deal involving fentanyl results in a person’s death, the law says drug dealers can be charged with first-degree murder, which is a capital felony punishable by either life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Although Florida lawmakers believe overdoses are accidental, they also believe many deaths involving fentanyl are intentional due to the potency of the substance. In many cases, customers are unaware that the drugs they purchased contain fentanyl, leading to an accidental and fatal overdose.

If you have been charged with the sale or distribution of drugs in Miami or possession with intent to sell, our legal team at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. is committed to helping you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case. With more than 45 years of experience, we understand what it takes to protect your rights and freedom throughout the legal process.

For more information about drug crimes in Miami, contact us today at (305) 670-9919.

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