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March 15, 2011

"DEA seizes Georgia's supply of lethal injection drug"

The title of this post is the headline of this notable new article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the latest chapter in the seemingly never saga over lethal injection drugs and protocols.  Here is how the piece starts:

The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized Georgia's supply of a key execution drug over questions about how it was imported to the United States.  "Drugs were seized today by the DEA from our facility in Jackson," Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil told the AJC.

The seizure comes more than two weeks after an attorney representing a death row inmate from Cobb County wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying the Georgia Department of Corrections circumvented federal law in trying to quickly secure a scarce drug used in lethal injections.

"DEA did take control of the controlled substances today," DEA spokesman Chuvalo Truesdell told the AJC.  "There were questions about the way the drugs were imported over here."  Truesdell declined further comment, saying it is now "a regulatory investigation."

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I'm not sure how to feel about this. I'm against the death penalty, but I'm also offended by the DEA's injection (heh) of itself into so many spheres of our lives. From "banning" fake marijuana, to making me have to show an ID to get an over the counter cold medicine, to intervening in a state's ability to carry out its own laws, the DEA is becoming far too powerful an influence over our lives.

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 15, 2011 10:55:12 PM

I don't get it, the DEA said a few weeks ago that they were staying out of this debate. What prompted the change?

Posted by: MikeinCT | Mar 15, 2011 11:36:53 PM

The Supremacy has experience making the DEA back off, then back up. Then, they were chased by the Supremacy. To deter. They are still trying to weasel out of the Supremacy's hold.

These state officials should have greeted the DEA with armed prison guards, and pushed the DEA from the door. Knock them to the ground, by "accident." The prison officials should have refused to produce anything without a Federal judge's order. Generate pain and cost for the biased, pro-murderer, Obama DEA, running dogs of the the Democratic Party, the party of the KKK. The state should still do so, and demand prison time for the lawless DEA agents, as well as all costs. To deter.

Thiopental is not a drug in this setting. It is a poison. May the DEA seize unauthorized supplies of coumadin in mouse poison, because it is a drug without a prescription in other settings than a mouse hole? In the case of mouse traps, it is not a drug but a poison. Perhaps the Agriculture Department has jurisdiction, but not the DOJ nor the DEA.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 15, 2011 11:47:51 PM

Ah yes...the old "regulatory invesigation." I'll give them the benefit of the doubt but let's see where this goes.

FYI...I came across your Blog while searching "Ohio Law." I'm located in Ohio and follow Ohio law topics online.

Posted by: Edward H | Mar 15, 2011 11:49:31 PM

LOL good for the DEA if nobody else can import DRUGS because of safety concerns....the govt can't either

Posted by: rodsmith | Mar 16, 2011 12:34:28 AM

The involvement of DEA is enormous and there is no chance of any ifs and buts. The loopholes which we have need to be sealed immediately.

Posted by: George Allen | Mar 17, 2011 9:22:49 AM

totally agree with prev. comment! but it is better never fall!

Posted by: Thomas Sabo | Jun 21, 2011 4:01:26 AM

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