Biden to Scrap Punishments for Drug Dealers Selling Deadly Fentanyl-Related Narcotics
The rise in fentanyl-related deaths began soaring in March 2020
Despite the rapid rise in drug overdoses last year, Joe Biden’s administration has proposed eliminating quantity-based penalties for drug dealers trafficking in fentanyl-related substances.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the surge in overdoes was driven by a proliferation of fentanyl.
The epidemic of overdoses was amplified by the pandemic, which was brought on by social isolation and job losses, addiction experts and treatment providers said.
The rise in fentanyl-related deaths began soaring in March 2020.
Biden's announcement came after they announced permanent scheduling for all fentanyl-related substances under schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s scheduling, drugs in schedule I “have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.”
Fentanyl is legal under schedule II, which “have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence."
But criminal drug manufacturers started making designer versions using the core fentanyl molecule, which was banned until the Trump administration temporarily placed all fentanyl-related substances under schedule I in 2018.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy's proposal that scheduling will be made permanent comes with strings attached.
“We are pleased to present to Congress a long-term, consensus approach that advances efforts to reduce the supply and availability of illicitly manufactured FRS while protecting civil rights and reducing barriers to scientific research for all schedule I substances,” said ONDCP acting Director Regina LaBelle in a letter to Senate leaders obtained by Fox News.
“[T]he proposal would exclude those FRS that are scheduled by class from certain quantity-based mandatory minimum penalties normally associated with domestic trafficking, and import and export offenses of CSA schedule I compounds.”
“It would further ensure that a federal court can vacate or reduce the sentence of an individual convicted of an offense involving an individual FRS that is subsequently removed or rescheduled from Schedule I.”
It wouldn’t exempt “FRS offenses from existing mandatory minimums for cases where death or serious bodily injury can be directly linked to the FRS that was trafficked, as is the case for any other Schedule I or II controlled substance under 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(C),” according to LaBelle.
“The Justice Department reported only eight cases with FRS charges from the time temporary class scheduling was adopted in 2018 through December 2020, of which only a handful even included charges of quantity-driven mandatory minimums.”
In 2019, Neon Nettle reported that 17.4 pounds of fentanyl were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after a vehicle inspection.
Agents from Yuma Sector assigned to the Blythe Station stopped a male driver of a 2013 Dodge Journey at a designated immigration checkpoint on Highway 78.
Joe Biden's border crisis is also fuelling the Fentanyl crisis.
Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan said Biden's border policy “the most inhumane policy that I’ve seen in my 35 years," and noted it is helping drugs traffickers,
Homan noted Greg Abbott's "troopers had seized a record amount of fentanyl, and fentanyl spreads all over this country."