Stricter Penalties On Tap For Meth Lab Operators

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 08/18 2014 10:56AM

Updated 08/18 2014 03:59PM


WTVO/WQRF - State leaders have passed a bill to bring the hammer down on those who operate a meth lab, specifically ones near a school.

The bill adds to the Controlled Substances Act.  Manufacturing meth within 1,000 feet of school property is now considered an aggravated offense, which carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison, as well as fines up to $400,000 or the total street value of the drug.

"The evils of meth are all around us" says Sen. William Haine (D-Alton).  "It destroys individuals, families, and neighborhoods."

The state also passed a bill banning synthetic drugs.  Those are:

  • 25-1
  • 25-C
  • 25-B

Those synthetic drugs are said to cause hallucinations for the user.  The bill makes it illegal to manufacture, deliver, or possess them.

The laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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