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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday will ceremonially sign Senate Bill 768, an anti-fentanyl effort, into law.
The event at 11:30 a.m. in Houston will be livestreamed in this article. Delays are possible; if there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.
The bill aims to increase the criminal penalties for the manufacture or delivery of fentanyl and related substances.
When signed into law, the punishment for the manufacture or delivery of 4-200 grams of fentanyl will be 10 years to life in prison. For the amount of 200-400 grams, the minimum sentence will be 15 years, and for more than 400 grams, the minimum sentence will be 20 years.
The Republican governor has labeled fentanyl as a “crisis” on the Texas-Mexico border due to an uptick in the smuggling of the drug, according to the Texas Tribune.
In May, he announced he would deploy 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and National Guard members to the border to help combat smuggling.
Abbott said DPS troopers seized 52 grams of fentanyl in 2020, and as of May 2021, they had already seized 137 grams.