Wisconsin Legislature passes bill that raises fentanyl distribution penalties equal to heroin delivery

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill that increases penalties for those who distribute fentanyl.

State Rep. Jill Billings, D-La Crosse, is one of the authors of the bill.

It would raise fentanyl distribution penalties equal to those for the delivery of heroin.

“Fentanyl is an incredibly dangerous drug,” Billings said. “We know that overdoses in Wisconsin, as in most states, has increased in the last two years due to incredibly isolating times.”

Gov. Tony Evers is expected to sign the bill, she said.

Right now, someone who delivers fentanyl can face a $50,000 fine and 15 years behind bars.

People who possess and intend to distribute heroin could face a possible $100,000 fine and up to 40 years in prison.

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