Toomey joins in drug legislation, currency study
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey joined colleagues recently to introduce separate pieces of bipartisan legislation regarding the flow of fentanyl into the United States and the use of virtual currency in sex and drug trafficking.
The Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act imposes new penalties on fentanyl-exporting nations like China that do not adhere to international narcotics control standards, a news release from Toomey’s office states.
Under the law, a nation exporting illicit fentanyl would be ineligible for U.S. taxpayer-subsidized foreign aid or Export-Import Bank loans if it fails to cooperate with U.S. narcotics control efforts.
“Illicit fentanyl from outside our borders has already prematurely ended far too many American lives,” Toomey, R-Pa., said in the release. “As fentanyl can be 50 times as potent as heroin, even small, difficult-to-detect amounts can be lethal, which is why it’s important to stop this problem at its source.”
Meanwhile, the Fight Illicit Networks and Detect (FIND) Trafficking Act of 2019 would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to facilitate sex and drug trafficking.
The GAO also would make recommendations on how to fight, detect and deter these illegal activities.
“Virtual currencies and online marketplaces are increasingly popular with sex and drug trafficking criminals who are trying to avoid detection,” Toomey said.