Rep. Crocker Supports Stronger Penalties for Opioid Trafficking, Assaulting a Police Officer

State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, announces the passage of a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that strengthens the Commonwealth’s opioid laws, makes it a felony to assault a police officer, and creates a statewide database for tracking sexual assault evidence kits.

Representative Crocker supports stronger penalties for opioid trafficking, assaulting a police officer


BOSTON – State Representative Will Crocker, R-Centerville, announces the passage of a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that strengthens the Commonwealth’s opioid laws, makes it a felony to assault a police officer, and creates a statewide database for tracking sexual assault evidence kits.


Representative Crocker voted to support the omnibus legislation, which was approved by the House and Senate on April 4 and represents a compromise between two earlier versions of the crime bill passed by both legislative branches last fall. The bill is now on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk awaiting his signature.

The bill provides for the reclassification of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug that was present in 83 percent of all opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2017, as a Class A substance. It also adds carfentanil and U-47700 – also known as “pink death,” which is 4 to 8 times more potent than heroin – to this same category.


The bill creates a fentanyl trafficking penalty for 10 grams of fentanyl or any of its derivatives, punishable by a 3 ½ year mandatory minimum sentence with a maximum penalty of 20 years. The same penalties will also apply to trafficking in carfentanil, regardless of the amount involved. In addition, the bill provides for the automatic adoption of the federal scheduling for opioid drugs, so Massachusetts’ laws can remain current as law enforcement identifies new drugs that are being trafficked. The criminal justice reform bill contains a series of other initiatives, including language making it a felony to commit assault and battery with bodily injury on a police officer while performing their official duties. The language creates a new mandatory minimum prison sentence of one year and a maximum of 10 years. Offenders will also face a potential fine of between $500 and $10,000. This legislation was very similar to one filed by Representative Crocker, H.749; An Act relative to felonious assault and battery of a police officer.

Governor Baker has until April 14 to sign the bill into law.