Gov. John Kasich signs bill increasing drug penalties involving fentanyl 

Published: Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 3:11 AM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)(Columbus Bureau)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that increases penalties for drug trafficking and some other drug offenses when the drug involved is a fentanyl-related compound.

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The bill calls for increased penalties for drug trafficking, drug possession and aggravated funding of drug trafficking, among other things, when a fentanyl-related compound is involved. The law could add as many as eight years to sentences of drug offenders convicted of serious crimes involving drugs containing fentanyl.

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Increased penalties wouldn't apply if the defendant didn't know a compound contained fentanyl.

When a fentanyl-related drug conviction is connected to a homicide conviction, the law would require that prison sentences for each conviction run consecutively.

Gov. Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 on Wednesday and the law will go into effect after 90 days.