Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a message Friday after he released an updated memo on prosecution guidelines.
“You drug dealers are going to prison.”
The memo sent to U.S. attorneys Thursday night requires prosecutors to pursue charges with the highest sentencing and rescinds guidelines from former Attorney General Eric Holder that made it harder to use mandatory minimums on drug offenders.
“We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple.”
“If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct,” Sessions said in his remarks at the Justice Department. “These are not low-level drug offenders we in the federal courts are focusing on. These are drug dealers, and you drug dealers are going to prison.”
It takes a kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana to trigger ten-year mandatory minimum sentences.
“This is a key part of President Trump’s promise to keep America safe,” Sessions said. “The price of heroin is down, its purity is up, and its availability is up. We intend to reverse this trend.”