Attorney General Sessions backs Donald Trump call for death penalty in drug cases
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on the growing trend of violent crime in sanctuary cities during an event on the Port of Miami in Miami, Florida, U.S. on, August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday backed a plan outlined by President Donald Trump aimed at combating the opioid crisis by vowing to seek the death penalty “wherever appropriate” against drug traffickers.


“Drug dealers show no respect for human dignity and put their own greed ahead of the safety and even the lives of others,” he said in a statement, adding that the Justice Department “will continue to aggressively prosecute drug traffickers.”

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Jonathan Oatis