House committee approves bill to raise heroin sentencing - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

House committee approves bill to raise heroin sentencing

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From left to right: Col. Mike Edmonson (Supt. of Louisiana State Police), Mike Ranatza with the La. Sheriff's Assoc. and District Attorney Hillar Moore (East Baton Rouge Parish) From left to right: Col. Mike Edmonson (Supt. of Louisiana State Police), Mike Ranatza with the La. Sheriff's Assoc. and District Attorney Hillar Moore (East Baton Rouge Parish)
From left to right: Sheriff Newell Norman (Jefferson Parish), Mike Ranatza with La. Sheriff's Assoc. and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux (East Baton Rouge Parish) From left to right: Sheriff Newell Norman (Jefferson Parish), Mike Ranatza with La. Sheriff's Assoc. and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux (East Baton Rouge Parish)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A bill to put those arrested on heroin charges in jail for a longer time took its first step toward passage Wednesday.

The House Criminal Justice Committee approved a bill that was backed by district attorneys and law enforcement associations to raise the mandatory minimum sentences on heroin dealers and users.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and District Attorney Hillar Moore were among a dozen people in favor of HB 332, which is sponsored state Rep. Joseph Lopinto, R-Metairie. Gautreaux and Moore said it is time to crack down on heroin because of the number of deaths this past year.

Some members expressed concerns about raising minimum mandatory jail sentences, so look for this measure to get amended before it reaches the end of the process.

Look for more information on this story later in the day.

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