How much jail time do convicted heroin dealers serve?

One way the DA is trying to hold drug dealers accountable is charging them with manslaughter when the dealer sells a deadly dose.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Money and resources are getting thrown at the heroin crisis, but still no signs of improvement.

Thousands of bags of heroin are taken off the streets each week in western Massachusetts and drug dealers are arrested. The 22News I-Team discovered heroin dealers who are arrested are rarely locked up and many are given 2nd chances,to only get caught selling heroin again.

The I-Team poured through the arrest records of heroin dealers in 2013, then went to court to track their cases.In District Court a judge can sentence a heroin dealer up to 2.5 years.In Superior court the maximum sentence is 10 years for a first time offender, 15 years for a repeat offender.

Are the courts doing enough to hold heroin dealers accountable? Watch the 22News I-Team report on HEROIN DEALER REPEAT OFFENDERS, Tuesday, May 23 at 10PM on The CW Springfield.


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