BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) A Lafayette attorney testified before state lawmakers in Baton Rouge Wednesday months after his daughter died from a Fentanyl overdose.
Bob Broussard of Lafayette spoke before the Administration on Criminal Justice to support House Bill 844.
He believes HB 844 will send a strong message to fentanyl dealers.
“This is my daughter she was set to be 21-years-old in 13 days. She was not an addict. She was not a fentanyl user,” Broussard stated.
The bill easily passed through committee.
According to the Office of Administration on Criminal Justice Committee, the bill now moves to the full House for a vote.
If approved, HB 844 would allow the court to impose a reduced sentence to those convicted of fentanyl distribution or possession in exchange for providing “substantial assistance” to investigators.
“I never seen this cooperation provision in any statue. I don’t know where this takes us or where this goes,” State Representative Nicholas Muscarello (R) stated.
Broussard explained that last year his daughter died from unknowingly ingesting fentanyl.
“Her and two college friends went out on October 23 and decided to buy a gram of cocaine. It was laced with fentanyl. All three of them experimenting; all three of them hit the deck, two of them survived and one of them did not,” Broussard added.
He says he wants young people to know there is no safe recreational drug and that Fentanyl can be added to anything.
“One kilo of fentanyl can kill 500, 000 people,” Broussard stated.
He says lawmakers need to send a message.
“We will not tolerate Fentanyl and if you think about bringing it into this state then you get ready to serve some time.”