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PYLE-SPONSORED BILL ON DRUG PENALTIES PASSES HOUSE

4/11/2013

The state House unanimously approved a bill yesterday, sponsored by State Representative Jeff Pyle, that would heighten the penalties for drug dealers who produce or sell drugs in the presence of children. 

 

Pyle says he introduced the bill after incidents near his home, including a heroin bust in Kittanning, a crack and heroin bust in Ford City and a meth lab in Apollo which was just blocks away from a school.  Pyle says children in the house where the meth lab was housed were suffering from skin irritation due to the chemicals in the drug. 

 

Under the legislation, parents or guardians who cause children to witness drug trafficking will not only do the required jail time if convicted, but judges are also empowered to add time to the regular sentence for each child who was present.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 


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