JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) — A new law recently took effect in North Carolina that officials say will work to curb drug dealing.
Under the Death by Distribution law, a drug dealer who sells a controlled substance that causes someone’s death can be charged with second-degree murder.
Before this law went into effect on December 1, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller says malice was needed to charge a drug dealer with second-degree murder. With the new law, he says malice is no longer needed.
“Now we can make that connection between the death and the drugs,” he explains.