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America's Secret Death Penalty Drugs

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Governments have gone to great effort to keep the sources and methods of their death penalty regimes secret.
In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years.
In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska's public record law.
In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial.
Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner's black hood of anonymity also covers the pharmacies that mix the deadly compounds used to kill prisoners. As letha…

Indonesia: Dealers Arrested With Two Kilos of Crystal Meth

Indonesia: Two arrested with 2 kilos of crystal meth
Indonesia: Two arrested with 2 kilos of crystal meth
Jakarta. Two alleged drug dealers who had been on the run were arrested on the weekend with two kilos of crystal methamphetamine and around 34,000 ecstasy pills worth around Rp 3 billion ($225,000) in their possession in Bekasi, West Java, police said on Tuesday (17/05).

Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Herry Sumarji told reporters the alleged drug dealers—identified only by their initials E.D. (30) and D.S. (45)—were part of an Indonesian drug syndicate led by one of Indonesia's most wanted drug fugitives, identified as U.G.

Herry said E.D. was arrested with 14 grams of crystal meth in his possession at a rented house on Jalan Masjid Hudal Islam in Pondokgede, Bekasi on Friday at around 10 a.m. 

The next day, police arrested D.S. in the neighboring subdistrict of Jakasampurna thanks to E.D.'s tip-offs.

After questioning both suspects, police again searched D.S.'s rented room and found two kilos of crystal methamphetamine and 34,000 ecstasy pills.

Herry said the drugs allegedly belonged to drug fugitive U.G. who lived in the same rented room with D.S. in Jakasampurna.

U.G. served a sentence for drug dealing at the Karawang Prison last year. He is believed to have returned to the drug business and now controls the drug market in Bekasi and surrounding areas.

According to Indonesia's anti-narcotics law, the amount of drugs confiscated in the raid was more than enough to charge the alleged dealers with the death penalty.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 18, 2016

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