A Southwest Virginia Delegate wants to extend the minimum penalty for meth crimes.
Delegate Charles Poindexter is proposing to increase the amount of jail time for offenders with a new bill.
Poindexter says the bill would take the mandatory minimum sentence for selling or possessing 28 grams of meth or more to ten years in prison. Right now, the mandatory minimum sentence is three years or more for 28 grams.
Poindexter says he has worked with several law enforcement agencies who are in favor of the bill. He says it will likely have a $5 million fiscal impact to the Department of Corrections because they will be housing inmates for a longer period of time. However, he hopes it will help keep meth dealers off the streets and our children from being exposed.