Assemblyman Ken Cooley Highlights Bill to Send Drug Traffickers to State Prison

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova), Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones gathered at Sacramento County Rio Cosumnes Correction Center on Monday morning to discuss Assembly Bill 222 aimed at incarcerating drug traffickers in California prisons.

Assembly Bill 222 will help ensure that convicted offenders who sell or transport more than one kilogram of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine will serve their incarceration in state prison and not county jails.

"This legislation goes far to ensure drug traffickers face the consequences of their crimes in state prison," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. "Selling more than a kilo of cocaine should not give a dealer a ticket to county jail. These are hardened criminals and they belong in a state prison with the capability to house and rehabilitate our most serious offenders."

Currently, criminals convicted of selling or transporting over one kilogram of these controlled substances without serious or violent felonies generally serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prisons; many of these sentences exceed 15 or 20 years in length.

The law currently provides that a person convicted of selling or transporting heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, or phencyclidine (PCP) are subject to a sentence enhancement of three to 25 additional years if they possessed at least one kilogram or 30 liters of these drugs.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.

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