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[r67] Protecting our communities, being tough on crime
Start Date: 4/4/2012
End Date: 4/4/2012
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Protecting our communities, being tough on crime

The legislature took a stand against sex traffickers and harmful synthetic drugs last session by banning “K2”, “spice”, “bath salts” and any other synthetic drugs that mimics the effects of illegal drugs.

In response to the influx of people that came to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, Attorney General Greg Zoeller advocated for stricter penalties against convicted sex traffickers. The sheer magnitude of the Super Bowl unfortunately attracts lowly individuals associated with this heinous act, so the General Assembly responded by making sex trafficking a Class B Felony.

A Class B felony carries a penalty upon conviction of a fixed term between six (6) and twenty (20) years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.00.

Studies have shown that human trafficking is a $32B industry, which has rapidly grown to the second largest criminal activity in the world. Shortly after the Super Bowl, Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor, used this human trafficking statue to charge a 29 year old man of trafficking a 14 year old girl (For more information, read the Indy Star’s article “Man arrested under tougher trafficking law”.).

In addition to the sex trafficking statues enacted by the General Assembly, we also took a stand against distributors and retailers who sold synthetic drugs. Synthetic drug manufacturers were altering chemical compounds of marijuana-like drugs to avoid current Indiana synthetic drug laws. Drugs, such as “bath salts” that mimic the effects of cocaine, have killed teenagers across the country. (For more information, read the AP’s article “Indiana businesses face penalties over ‘bath salts’”.).

We all want to live on safe streets, which is why the Ripley County Prosecutor's office has created a toll-free tip line where concerned citizens and members of the community can now inform law enforcement of any suspected drug activity in the county. The phone line will be directed to the prosecutor's resource officer, who will field all calls and messages. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

For Ripley County residents, you can call toll-free at: 1-855-812-DRUG if you have a tip for law enforcement.

The overall goal of the tip line is to create a streamlined resource for law enforcement agencies in the county. I strongly urge you to call the tip line or contact law enforcement if you know of drug activity in your area.

Location Information:
Decatur County

Ripley County

Rush County
Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: (317) 232-9831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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