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SB 350 fails seeking tougher sentences for people who sell pills laced with fentanyl

KMPH – Fresno-Visalia logo KMPH – Fresno-Visalia 1/13/2022 Rich Rodriguez

District attorney's from across California want tougher laws on the books for people who peddle pills laced with fentanyl.

Fresno County D.A. Lisa Smittcamp claims SB350 is a public safety issue that has nothing to do with politics.

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Senate bill 350 would increase the possibility of filing a murder charge against a person who sells or provides fentanyl to someone who then dies.  

Smittcamp says it's mind boggling that the bill got shot  down in committee Tuesday.

"This is not a political issue, this is a public safety issue. This is a health and welfare issue and this is an issue that will save our children."

Sacramento County's district attorney believes the fentanyl issue has reached epidemic proportions.

She used a graphic to show how fentanyl involved deaths have outpaced gun involved homicides.  

Allyssia Fuicellio lost her brother two years ago to fentanyl.  The coroner ruled the death an accident.

"My brother was a victim and he deserves justice. Somebody poisoned and killed my little brother for financial gain and they're still out there."

District attorney Smittcamp says these are not the drugs of the 60's, 70's and 80's.  A billboard campaign explains how little it takes to kill you.  Smittcamp says pills are easy to get.

"Drug dealers are using social media apps such as snap chat to advertise the availability of these pills and they are using different types of cash apps and cash transfer applications on their telephones to pay for the pills which then can even be 

delivered to their homes.

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Laura and Chris Didier lost their 17 year old son Zak to fentanyl two years ago.   They were shocked by the committee vote on SB 350.

"While I believe that your sadness for our losses is genuine.  I just do not see any real urgency from any of you to address this crisis.

The Didier's are now launching a statewide ballot initiative.  If it qualifies voters would decide if drug dealers who sell fentanyl should be held accountable if someone dies.

If you would like more information on the group starting the ballot initiative here's the link:


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