N.J. considers tougher penalties for dealing ‘wet’ drug combination

    A New Jersey Senate committee has unanimously backed a measure that would increase penalties for dealers of a dangerous drug combination.

     

    Sen. Donald Norcross says the Drug Dealer Accountability Act was prompted by the decapitation of a 2-year-old boy and the fatal slashing of a 6-year-old. He says those crimes, which both occurred in Camden, were linked to use of the drug known as “wet” that’s created by dipping marijuana in PCP.

    “It is a horrific drug that causes paranoia, delusional behavior, a disconnect from the body, and they tend to have superhuman strength,” said Norcross, D-Camden. “It’s literally a time bomb walking in our neighborhoods, and we have to stop it.”

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    For the first time, the legislation ties the dealer to offenses committed by someone on the drug.

    Norcross says that will act as a strong deterrent by allowing prosecutors to charge dealers with a crime one degree lower than the most serious offense committed by users.

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