Steuerwald's bill mandating penalties for drug dealers heads to Senate

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2016) – The House of Representatives voted 84-12 in support of  State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) bill establishing  stricter punishments for the most dangerous drug dealers. 

“My bill would provide prosecutors an additional tool to sentence the most egregious drug dealers for longer periods of time and keep them off our streets,” Steuerwald said. “Indiana is facing a drug crisis and I remain committed to keeping the most serious offenders off our streets.”

House Bill 1235 would allow prosecutors to consider an offender’s criminal record when determining appropriate penalties for a subsequent drug-dealing conviction. If an individual has a prior conviction of distributing synthetic drugs, cocaine, heroin or meth the punishment will be more severe.

Steuerwald’s legislation also stipulates that a Level 2 conviction of dealing controlled substances may not be suspended by the court. According to Indiana Code, a Level 2 violation for dealing a controlled substance is defined as selling an amount greater than 10 grams or in the range of  5-9 grams when accompanied by an enhancing circumstance.

Steuerwald’s proposal will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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Rep. Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents portions Hendricks County.