Salem mom wants stricter drug trafficking laws

Salem mom wants stricter drug trafficking laws

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by Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

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Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 7:44 PM

SALEM -- A Salem mom whose son died of a drug overdose said she wants stricter laws for drug dealers.

"If you deal drugs, you should deal with the consequences," said Megan Buczynski. Her son, Alex, died after overdosing on heroin in February.

Right now in Oregon, a drug trafficker whose drugs kill someone faces 60 days in jail and probation. Buczynski is working to change that.

"Breathing and showering have been my goals everyday," said Buczynski. She said she can't do much more than that these days.

"I never knew Alex had a problem, none of us did," she said.

Alex Buczynski was going to school at Chemeketa Community College, studying fire protection.

He wanted to be a firefighter. He never made it.

His girlfriend found his body on the bathroom floor of the apartment they shared.

Ever since, his mother has been fighting for stricter penalties for the three people accused of selling the drugs to her son.

Alexandrea Ault, Anthony Godlove and Jerald Walker are all in the Marion County Jail charged with unlawful delivery of heroin.

Godlove and Walker are facing additional charges.

Buczynski said she hopes that some or all of the suspects will be tried under the "Len Bias" law, a federal law passed after Len Bias, a basketball player drafted by the NBA, died of a cocaine overdose in 1986.

If prosecutors can prove the suspects delivered the drugs that directly killed Buczynski, they could face federal charges and years in prison.

Under the Len Bias law, if a person dies of a drug overdose, investigators warn all those in the drug "supply chain" that they could face a 20-year prison sentence if they don't lead to the next link in that chain.

"I wish these people no harm," said Buczynski. "But nothing's going to bring Alex back. We'll never have him again."

Buczynski likens it to a bartender over-serving a bar patron.

"You're the one who served it to them and they left your establishment. We've got to start somewhere and the drug dealers are the first line," she said.

Oregon has had at least 40 Len Bias prosecutions.

That's the most out of any state in the U.S.

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