SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jerry Costello, II, D-Smithton, recently supported legislation to help close a loophole in Illinois statute that would allow individuals who are charged with a drug-induced homicide to be acquitted.
“With a recent rise in drug-related crime, especially heroin and synthetic versions, this is an important piece of legislation for the Metro East and Southern Illinois,” Costello said. “Senate Bill 639 will allow police officers and state’s attorneys to prosecute drug dealers outside of Illinois, should they be found responsible for a drug overdose where a death occurs.
Current Illinois statute states that any individual who manufactures or delivers a controlled substance that results in another person’s death can be charged with a drug induced homicide. However, this law excludes any individual who lives out-of-state. Senate Bill 639 would expand the offense of drug-induced homicide to allow the prosecution to charge a person with the crime, even if they do not live in Illinois.
“These laws help provide justice and closure for families in cases where a death occurs and holds drug-dealers accountable for their actions,” Costello said. “We are seeing more and more cases of drug overdoses in Illinois, and this legislation can help close an critical loophole. Coming from a law enforcement background, it is unacceptable for drug dealers to escape punishment, especially when a death occurs, simply because of a technicality in the law.”
For more information, please contact Costello’s constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.