People wearing “heavy gold and chains” could become a target of drug crimes as the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions continue to aggressively fight criminality, according to a federal prosecutor on Thursday, The Daily Caller reports.
In his speech in Memphis, Sessions trumpeted his recent charging memo that rolls back previous policy of not charging many drug offenders even with mandatory minimums during the Obama administration under former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Sessions said, “We know that drugs and crime go hand-in-hand. … If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.”
“Unfortunately, even as violent crime has surged and overdose deaths have spiked, federal gun and drug prosecutions have fallen recent years. We will reverse that trend,” he continued.
Larry Leiser, a federal prosecutor and president of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, said that Sessions’ tough approach toward drug crime offenders, will help young people see the connection between people “wearing heavy gold and chains and hot cars” and the distribution of illegal drugs.