Feds Bust Texas, Arizona Smuggling Illegal Drugs Into The U.S. For Execution Purposes (VIDEO)

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The Food and Drug Administration announced that the agency had impounded multiple shipments of sodium thiopental, described as “an anesthetic that has been used in past executions, in combination with drugs that paralyze the muscles and stop the heart.” According to the FDA the drug is not approved for any use in the U.S, and therefore constitutes an illegal substance.

“Courts have concluded that sodium thiopental for the injection in humans is an unapproved drug and may not be imported into the country,” an FDA spokesperson said in a statement.

Who attempted to smuggle the shipments of illegal drugs into the country? Was it the Mexican Cartel or Islamic State terrorists?

Hell no. It was the right-wing terrorists who are currently running the states of Texas and Arizona.

The state of Arizona spent more than $27,000 in taxpayer money on one of the illegal drug shipments, which was confiscated by authorities at the Phoenix airport. The amount of public dollars which Texas officials used to purchase the illegal drugs has not been disclosed, but it likely meets or exceeds the amount spent by Arizona officials.

The two states made the illegal drug purchases in spite of the fact that federal authorities warned the state of Nebraska in May that importing this drug is a criminal act.

Nebraska spent nearly $55,000 trying to import sodium thiopental illegally last spring. Nebraska officials ordered 1,000 viles of the drug, enough to kill 300 men, from a foreign supplier named Chris Harris. The state paid Harris 10 times the value of the drug. The FDA advised state officials that the move was illegal and the drug would be seized as soon as it entered the country. As it turned out, the shipment never left India. It was returned to Harris by Fedex, with a message that the shipment lacked the necessary paperwork.

This week, Texas officials claimed that they did everything “by the book,” when ordering the illegal drug shipment. They state that the official request forms were filled out. They also say that they have filed a challenge to the federal government’s authority to stop them from buying sodium thiopental from Asia.

The thing about filling out official request forms is that you have to wait for an official response to the request. Something Texas did not do.

And contrary to the belief of Texas officials, filing a challenge to an existing law is not the same as making the law go away.

If that were the case, every drug dealer in the country could just file a challenge to the law, before shipping the next kilo of coke or cooking up that batch of meth.

According to the Congressional Research Service, smuggling a dangerous or illegal substance into the United States is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sodium thiopental, a drug which is used primarily to murder people, should certainly qualify as a dangerous and illegal drug.

Arizona and Texas are guilty of a list of other crimes, including trafficking, violating of regulations proscribing financial transactions with significant foreign traffickers, misuse of public funds, use of public funds to purchase illegal substances, use of public resources in furtherance of a crime and a lot more.

There are so many levels of hypocrisy involved in the “pro-life” right using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to purchase illegal drugs which are intended for the sole purpose of ending a human life, you’ll never be able to wrap your head around it.

The entire death penalty argument is about how important it is to punish people who break the law. Why should Texas and Arizona escape punishment for smuggling illegal drugs into the United States? I say lock both states up. We can just build a damn fence around their borders and be done with it. That would solve a lot of our country’s problems, I think.

Last year, as right-wing “Christian” states struggled to find access to formerly legal execution drugs, states carried out some of the most brutal and tortuous killings this country has ever seen.

As reported by New Republic:

“On January 9, Oklahoma executed Michael Wilson using three drugs, including a paralyzing agent. “I feel my whole body burning,”Wilson said out loud, shortly after the executioners began pushing the drugs into his arm.”

A week later, on January 16, Ohio executed Dennis McGuire using a new and untested two-drug combination of midazolam and hydromorphone—the same drug combination that Arizona would use to kill Wood. McGuire’s execution, at 25 minutes, was the longest in Ohio’s recent history—and witnesses said he gasped several times throughout.

Then in April, the state of Arizona carried out what was described as the worst execution in U.S. history, to date.

Executioners pushed an IV catheter straight through a vein in Clayton Lockett’s groin, so that the drugs filled his tissue and not his bloodstream. As Lockett writhed and grimaced, the executioners closed the curtains and tried to call off the execution—but it was too late, and he eventually died of a heart attack.

On the heels of the execution of Clayton Lockett, John Oliver, host of This Week Tonight, dedicated a portion of the show to talking about the death penalty. The segment is well worth watching.

Because it was only the second ever episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver promised the audience that if they watched the entire segment, there would be tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos at the end.

(He kept the promise, there really are tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos at the end.)

Here’s the video,  via LastWeekTonight on YouTube.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info