The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) made 174 arrests for fentanyl possession as of mid-July, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which covered a press conference among law enforcement officials.
Law enforcement leaders say a new Florida law provides harsher sentences, which could provide some relief to the crisis.
The measure (HB 1359), which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed May 1, increased fentanyl-related charges from three years to seven in lower-level offenses and from 15 years to 20 for possession of larger quantities. Additionally, the law adds penalties for selling to minors.
Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can cause overdose or death.
– Staff Reports, Florida Politics