The Addictions Coach: Virginia Warns Heroin Dealers- They will be Prosecuted if their Customer Dies

The Addictions Coach: Virginia Warns Heroin Dealers- They will be Prosecuted if their Customer Dies

Virginia is sending a warning to the drug dealers in their state.  They will be conducting better investigations in overdose deaths, and will be prosecuting the dealers.  What do you think about this effort to end the heroin epidemic?  Below is excerpt from an article with more details.

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Prosecutors to Virginia heroin dealers: If one of your customers dies, you’re on the hook for it

Drug dealers in Virginia, be warned: If you are selling heroin and one of your customers overdoses and dies, the feds are probably going to come after you.

That was the message from U.S. Attorney Dana Boente and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring at a news conference Tuesday in the Norfolk area, which has been hit particularly hard by fatal heroin overdoses. Boente and Herring said that they are pouring resources into investigating and prosecuting heroin cases and that they want to put dealers on notice.

“We hope that they understand that they will be prosecuted and there will be severe penalties for selling heroin when someone dies,” Boente said in an interview. “And if people sell heroin, sooner or later, someone will die from their sale.”

The tough talk came as Boente, Herring (D) and other federal and local law enforcement officials publicized the guilty plea of a Virginia Beach man who sold the heroin that killed 23-year-old Monica Beaudry. Gregory Hatt, 28, pleaded guilty to heroin distribution resulting in death.

 That charge — which carries a 20-year minimum sentence — gives federal prosecutors a powerful tool, although Boente noted that the Supreme Court has restricted how it should be used. He said that federal prosecutors would stay within those guidelines — charging dealers only when their drugs can be directly tied to a death — but that they would not hesitate to bring cases they believed were solid.

“If we can charge that within the requirements of the law, we’re going to, in appropriate cases, charge that case, and we’re going to be aggressive in those investigations,” Boente said.

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