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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Indonesian Police Seize 70 Kilos of Crystal Meth in Tangerang Drug Bust

Indonesia meth bust (file photo)
Tangerang, Banten. Police confiscated more than 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in a drug bust at the Arcadia Housing Complex in Batuceper, a subdistrict of Tangerang, Banten, on Monday (23/05), shortly after they arrested two members of an international drug syndicate at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport chief Sr. Comr. Roycke Harry Langie told Detikcom made the raid after receiving tip-offs from the two drug suspects—identified with initials S and A—who were arrested with 2.3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in their possession at the airport on May 16.

Police learned that both suspects were members of an international drug syndicate which intended to smuggle a large amount of crystal methamphetamine from Taiwan.

The 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine, known by its street name "sabu," found at theArcadia Housing Complex were packed into 14 different bags.

“The drugs belong to a Taiwan national and we are still investigating the case,” Roycke said in Tangerang on Monday night.

Roycke said the syndicate tried to smuggle the drugs by hiding them inside small generators.

“The drugs were hidden under a 20-centimeter long steel sheet inside the small generators. They're quite hard to detect. We spent at least four hours opening up the generators,” said Roycke.

Last month, police seized more than 80 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, most of them smuggled from China and Iran and in chocolate parcels and glue bottles, in a three-week operation across the Greater Jakarta area. Nine people, including four Malaysian, Chinese, Iranian and Nigerian nationals, were arrested during the bust.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 24, 2016

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