Sen. John Kennedy files legislation to crack down on fetanyl traffickers

WGNO - U.S. Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have officially filed the “Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act of 2019.”

The goal is to ensure that sentencing penalties for trafficking fentanyl reflect the deadliness of the drug.

This legislation marks a major step toward addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The bill reduces the amount of fentanyl that drug traffickers and dealers must be caught with in order for mandatory sentencing minimums to apply.