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Text of the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1999

This bill was introduced on January 6, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 295 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 295

To provide a sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 1999

Mr. SWEENEY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To provide a sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1999’.

SEC. 2. INCREASED PENALTIES FOR INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING.

    Section 1010 of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act (21 U.S.C. 960) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(e)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the court shall sentence a person convicted of a violation of subsection (a), consisting of bringing into the United States a mixture or substance--

      ‘(A) which is described in subsection (b)(1); and

      ‘(B) in an amount the Attorney General by rule has determined is equal to 100 usual dosage amounts of such mixture or substance;

    to imprisonment for life without possibility of release. If the defendant has violated this subsection on more than one occasion and the requirements of chapter 228 of title 18, United States Code, are satisfied, the court shall sentence the defendant to death.

    ‘(2) The maximum fine that otherwise may be imposed, but for this subsection, shall not be reduced by operation of this subsection.’.

SEC. 3. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE.

    (a) INCLUSION OF OFFENSE- Section 3591(b) of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘or’ at the end of paragraph (1);

      (2) by striking the comma and inserting ‘; or’ at the end of paragraph (2); and

      (3) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

      ‘(3) an offense described in section 1010(e)(1) of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act;’.

    (b) ADDITIONAL AGGRAVATING FACTOR- Section 3592(d) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (8) the following:

      ‘(9) SECOND IMPORTATION OFFENSE- The offense consisted of a second or subsequent violation of section 1010(a) of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act consisting of bringing a controlled substance into the United States.’.