W. Virginia Bill Would Stiffen Penalties For Dealers Whose Customers Overdose

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Drug dealers whose customers die of
overdoses could face penalties of up to life in prison under a West
bill Virginia passed from the Senate to the House.

The measure would create the criminal offense of liability for
manufacturing, selling or dispensing certain controlled substances
that cause death.

It applies to the distribution of Schedule I and II controlled
substances such as crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles helped draft the proposal.
He says that under the current state law, he can only charge drug
dealers who sell fatal doses with delivery of a controlled
substance. That charge carries a penalty of one to 15 years in

The measure won unanimous approval from the Senate on Wednesday.

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  • by cat on Feb 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    James If someone comes into a liquor drunk and the owner sales to them, aren't they responsible? I think soo. I agree with the law. The only problem I see is, how will they know or even prove that person sold the drugs to the overdose victim?
  • by M Location: Jackson Co on Feb 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    I respectfully disagree James. Drug dealers are selling illegally. They don't have a license and they obviously have no respect to whom they sell to (for example: age). They'll supply to anyone, and in any amount they choose to - they sort of make up their own rules and laws. Although morally liquor stores hold the same responsibility, at least there are manmade laws to govern them.
  • by James Location: Pikeville on Feb 29, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    Don't get me wrong I want the dope heads and dealers off the streets just as bad as the next person... but this is a little outrageous. In a sense it would be like charging liquor stores with vehicular homicide if someone bought alcohol from them then went out and got into a car wreck killing themselves or someone else. Seems like there is a better way of going about things.


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