Contact Us

Louisiana Heroin Offenders Could Soon See 99 Years in Prison

Paula Bronstein, Getty Images

Louisiana lawmakers believe heroin is a scourge on the state. Therefore, in an attempt to combat this brown plague on society, which has caused a surge of overdose deaths across the state, legislators recently passed a bill aimed at whipping the problem at the source.

Last month, the Louisiana Senate judiciary Committee passed a bill (Senate Bill 87) aimed at increasing the maximum penalty for heroin dealers and users from 50 to 99 years in prison. While the bill does not directly affect mandatory sentencing guidelines, it does give judges the ability to bury offenders in the prison system for the rest of their lives.

“If you want to kill a snake, you don’t cut the tail off – you cut the head off,” said Senator Dan Claitor, who sponsored the bill. “These folks (heroin dealers)…in my view are distributing death sentences.”

The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. If it is passed, people distributing or using heroin could end up facing more prison time than some murderers and rapists.

There has been a recent move on behalf of Louisiana lawmakers to increase the penalties surrounding heroin offenses, after others before them worked to lessen penalties more than a decade ago.

Best of The Rock Station 99X

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://therockstation99x.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Cockpit quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The Cockpit contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.