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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…

Singapore: 2.1kg of heroin seized by CNB in drug bust; 6 arrested

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SINGAPORE - Six suspected drug offenders were arrested by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in an operation on Tuesday (Aug 1).

About 2.1kg of heroin, some Ice and Erimin-5, worth about $150,000, were seized.

CNB said in a statement on Wednesday that its officers were deployed to observe a 42-year-old Singaporean man who is a suspected drug trafficker.

He was spotted picking up another male suspect - a 35-year-old Singaporean - before going to a carpark in the Changi area.

The 35-year-old man subsequently met two Malaysian men, aged 23 and 27, at a nearby coffee shop.

He left a short while later carrying a bag, which was later discovered to contain about 1.36kg of heroin upon his arrest.

Another party of officers moved in to arrest the two Malaysians. A total of $2,400 was recovered from them.

CNB officers then raided the 35-year-old's hideout in Changi Road and arrested the 42-year-old man - along with another 61-year-old Singaporean man - in the unit. About 280g of heroin and 16g of Ice were recovered.

A search of the 42-year-old's car uncovered about 450g of heroin.

This was followed by another raid on his hideout in the Woodlands Crescent area, where about 30g of heroin, three Erimin-5 tablets and some drug paraphernalia were seized.

The sixth and final suspect, a 42-year-old Singaporean woman who is a suspected drug abuser, was arrested in the unit.

Investigations are ongoing.

If the amount of pure heroin, also known as diamorphine, trafficked exceeds 15g, the penalty is death. 

About 15g of pure heroin can feed the addiction of about 180 abusers for a week.

Source: Straits Times, August 2, 2017

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