28 February 2007
Representative Ric Keller
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Keller,
I am writing on behalf of the membership of the Fraternal Order of Police to advise you of our support for your bill, H.R. 1118, the “Drug Trafficking Elimination Act of 2007.”
Your bill create tougher penalties on those who would prey on our citizens by selling them large quantities of marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamines, by increasing the sentence for these crimes from ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison. Additionally, your bill would create a minimum sentence of three (3) years for anyone caught dealing drugs to anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) or to pregnant women. The legislation would also create stronger penalties for anyone caught dealing drugs near schools or criminal organizations employing individuals under the age of eighteen (18). These enhanced penalties are just and necessary for those criminals who would poison our children with these highly dangerous substances.
Your bill would also tackle the international drug trafficking organizations whose control over this illicit trade has ruined the lives of millions by creating a mandatory twenty (20) year sentence for anyone caught working in or for one of these organizations. The fight against the infiltration of drugs into our schools, our homes, and our communities is one of the most important battles our country can wage. As a law enforcement officer, I have seen the devastating effects drugs can have on communities and the families that live in them, and we must prevail in our efforts to combat illegal drugs.
On behalf of the more than 325,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police I want to thank you for your leadership on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me, or Executive Director Jim Pasco, through our Washington office if we can be of any further assistance.