Attorney General Sessions backs Trump call for death penalty in drug cases

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits families of opioid overdose victims and members of law enforcement at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. March 15, 2018. REUTERS/John Sommers II

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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