Florida Sheriff Slams Bill to Lower Sentences for "Nonviolent" Drug Dealers

WINTER HAVEN, Florida (WFLA News) -- While announcing a major drug bust, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd used a news conference to scold supporters of a bill to lower sentences for certain nonviolent and low level drug offenses.

Judd announced that a drug task force has charged 47 people in connection with a ring trafficking meth from Mexico into several states, including Florida. He waved two guns as he told reporters that a bill by State Senator Jeff Brandes would allow criminals like these to serve much less time for their crimes.

"I love it when people tell us this is low level, nonviolent crime..." Judd says as he waved two guns connected to the case. "They're just gun collectors, I guess."

Judd says more than 800 Floridians died of meth-related causes in 2017 and that supporters should try convincing the families of meth victims that those offenses are "nonviolent."

Of the 47 facing charges, Judd says nine were in the country illegally.

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