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Officials in Indonesia have a new plan for convicted drug dealers: leaving them on a deserted island surrounded by crocodiles.

Budi Waseso, the head of Indonesia's anti-drug agency, told the local news website Tempo this week that there would be no human guards and the prisoners would be left to their own.

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"We will place as many crocodiles as we can there," Waseso said, according to a translation by the Washington Post. "I will look for crocodiles of the most vicious kind."

There was a simple explanation for using reptile guards, he explained: "You cannot bribe a crocodile. You cannot convince them to let the prisoners escape."

Food would be delivered to the island, but otherwise there'd be no connections with the mainland, he said.

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It's not clear exactly how serious Waseso is being. The country is planning to build a new prison for drug dealers, AFP reported. Currently, convicted drug dealers are kept on Nusakambangan Island, a secluded prison known as "execution island," but no crocodiles are involved.

Indonesia has some of the most strict anti-drug laws in the world. It executed eight convicted drug dealers—including seven foreigners—earlier this year by firing squad, after condemnation from human rights groups and other countries.

Casey Tolan is a National News Reporter for Fusion based in New York City.