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Tougher penalty for heroin offenders in Louisiana

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Drug offenders should be warned to change their ways and kick the habit.

A bill stiffening the penalty on heroin is on its way to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk to be signed.

Legislators agreed to increase the time in prison from five years to ten being the minimum a first time offender can serve. While expanding the maximum from 50 to 99 years in prison.

Law enforcement like commander Jay Ellerman of the Metro Narcotics Unit agrees with the measure.

Heroin is one of the more dangerous drugs and can become very addictive. It's presence in North Louisiana isn't as rampant like other areas of the state.

Drug Enforcement Officers believe the bill will combat the problems of heroin.

The bill got approval from the senate with a vote of 27 to 11 allowing it to be sent to the Governor's desk.
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