from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2007
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Senator Craig Estes continues to fight meth production

Austin, TX - Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) filed two bills to further enhance penalties against the production of meth.

Senate Bill 183 increases penalties for criminal offenders who produce meth when a child is on the premises. In too many cases, these dangerous drugs are produced in the presence of children in homes, apartments or hotels where meth producers set up labs, he observed.

"Protecting children is a moral responsibility, and SB 183 recognizes that children are not just harmed by the use of these drugs, but are sometimes placed in mortal danger by the volatile production of these drugs," said Estes.

Senate Bill 184 increases the penalty on criminal conspirators in the production of meth. Under current law, a conspirator who sets up the meth lab is subject to a lesser felony charge for simply not being at the scene when police arrive.

"If you supply the materials or pay for the set up for a lab, you are equally guilty of producing meth and should be equally charged with that crime," said Estes.

"These two bills will further enhance penalties for the meth cookers and pushers who try to flood our communities with these dangerous drugs," added Estes.

Estes said he is looking to build on past successes in combating meth. Two years ago, Senator Estes passed legislation to restrict access to pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient in the cooking of meth, and this new law has helped to reduce the number of meth labs in North Texas and elsewhere across the state.

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