Koch: Legislation imposing stricter penalties on drug dealers headed to the governor

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Tuesday, March 8, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2016) – A proposal co-authored by State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), which would provide stricter guidelines and punishment for drug dealing offenses, is headed to the governor’s desk.

“The drug problem is multi-faceted and requires several different approaches, including treatment,” Koch said. “But removing from society those who profit from the drug trade is appropriate to ensure the safety and security of our communities.”

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1235 would specify that the prison sentence for a Level 2 controlled substance offense is nonsuspendible if the offense involves methamphetamine or heroin, and the offender has a prior felony conviction for dealing cocaine, narcotic drugs or methamphetamine. 

Executive Director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, David N. Powell, said the organization supports the bill.

“HB 1235 creates an important tool to help law enforcement hold repeat drug dealers accountable,” Powell said. “It focuses on the highest level drug dealing offense and makes the minimum penalty nonsuspendible for serious felony drug dealings if the offender has a prior drug dealing felony conviction. Under current law, the entire sentence for the most serious drug felony offenses, including minimum sentences, can be suspended. We thank Rep. Koch and each of the sponsors of HB 1235 for their contribution to the safety of Indiana citizens.”  

Visit iga.in.gov for more information on HEA 1235.

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Rep. Koch (R-Bedford) represents all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.