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Trump Administration plans to seek death penalty for certain drug traffickers to battle opioid epidemic

March 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
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The White House plans to seek the death penalty for specific drug dealers and traffickers as part of an overall effort to quell the spiraling opioid epidemic immersing the nation.

In an announcement Sunday, Administration officials said Trump intends to put forth a plan that seeks harsher punishment, which would include the death penalty “where appropriate under the law” for certain drug traffickers.

Additionally, White House officials said as part of the plan, President Trump would pressure Congress to pass new legislation reducing the number of drugs that would require mandatory minimum sentences for narcotics traffickers.

According to Fox News, the President will formally announce the plan on Monday during a visit to New Hampshire.

The Administration’s initiative includes a three-part offensive to tackle the opioid crisis, which includes:

-Mounting a prevention campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of opioid abuse and overprescription.

-Increased federal funding for treatment.

-And bolstering federal and state law enforcement agencies to disrupt the supply of heroin, fentanyl, and counterfeit pills entering the U.S. and target international drug trafficking organizations.

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump made fighting the drug crisis a priority.

Last October, the President declared the opioid epidemic a nationwide public health emergency under federal law.

Trump suggested invoking harsher punishment for drug dealers in the United States during a rally last week in Pennsylvania.

The Commander-in-Chief maintained that U.S. justice system was too lenient for narcotics traffickers.

“You kill 5,000 people with drugs because you’re smuggling them in and you are making a lot of money and people are dying. And they don’t even put you in jail. That’s why we have a problem, folks. I don’t think we should play games,” Trump said at the event.

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