New proposal for sentencing Pa. heroin dealers

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New proposal for sentencing Pa. heroin dealers. Sharrie Williams reports during Action News at 10 p.m. on July 13, 2017. (WPVI)

There's a new proposal to increase the prison time for Pennsylvania's heroin dealers.

Republican State Representative James Santora introduced the bill Thursday with the support of the law enforcement community.

The measure calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for a first-time heroin offender.

"These guys that sell heroin are murderers. Pure and simple. I use the buzz word purveyors of death, but they're murderers. And they've got to be treated, take the kid gloves off, whack them, put them in jail where they belong," Upper Darby Police Chief

That same bill would also mandate harsher penalties for drug deliveries that result in serious harm.

The entire proposal was revealed at the Pilgrim Gardens Shopping Center in Drexel Hill, the site of two recent overdoses where the victims fortunately survived.

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