The Trump administration is reportedly looking into policies that would make drug dealers eligible for the death penalty.
According to The Washington Post, the Justice Department is reviewing policy changes that could allow prosecutors to pursue the death penalty for those found guilty of drug deals.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly discussed the fact that other countries have harsher punishments for drug-related crimes.
“Some countries have a very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty, and they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” Trump said during a White House summit.
One of the countries that Trump reportedly mentioned was Singapore, and according to the Post article, White House officials have been briefed concerning its policies.
Under the current law, the death penalty is only an option in drug-related cases if a case involves a murder or if it involves the death of a police officer.
This potential policy shows that President Trump is serious about fighting the opioid and illegal drug crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also taking an aggressive approach to the issue and has directed federal prosecutors to seek the toughest possible sentence for drug crimes.