Inland lawmaker introduces bill targeting drug dealers who sell fentanyl

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Sen. Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, introduced legislation Friday, Feb. 12, targeting drug dealers who sell fentanyl to youths, contributing to a surge in drug-related deaths statewide. “As the mother of five children, I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child to drug poisoning,” Melendez said. “This pandemic has led to a devastating rise in fentanyl-induced deaths across California.” She said “Alexandra’s Law” was introduced and titled in honor of 20-year-old Alexandra Capelouto of Temecula, a college student who died in December 2019 after taking the drug. SB 350 would establish “implied malice” in connection with fentanyl fatalities, identical to the principle behind malice in driving under the influence offenses, according to Melendez. The b
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