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Law That Punishes Dealers for Overdoses is Used for First Time

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    Law That Punishes Dealers for Overdoses is Used for First Time
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File
    This July 31, 2017, file photo shows discarded syringes in an open-air heroin market that has thrived for decades, slated for cleanup along train tracks a few miles outside the heart of Philadelphia.

    A Massachusetts man is the first person charged under a new Rhode Island law that allows life sentences for drug dealers who sell drugs that lead to fatal overdose.

    Newport police say 54-year-old Cary Pacheco, of Westport, was charged Thursday with delivering a controlled substance that resulted in death. A 29-year-old Newport man died of an overdose in September.

    The state attorney general's office confirmed Friday it's the first time someone has been charged under The governor signed Kristen's Law in June. It's named for Kristen Coutu, who died in 2014 of a fentanyl overdose when she thought she was taking heroin.

    Online court records don't list a lawyer for Pacheco, who could comment on his behalf.

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