Lethal injection drugs bound for Nebraska halted in India

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An attempt to ship lethal injection drugs from India to Nebraska was thwarted several weeks ago when the items were flagged because they didn’t have proper papers.

Department of Correctional Services spokesman James Foster said Thursday that the supplier tried unsuccessfully to ship the drugs via FedEx late last month.

The Department of Correctional Services spent more than $54,000 to buy the drugs from Chris Harris, a distributor in India, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said they can’t be imported. Nebraska hasn’t executed an inmate since 1997, and the state currently lacks two of the three drugs required for its protocol.

FedEx’s online tracking page says the shipment was flagged because of “improper or missing international paperwork,” and was returned Sept. 4.

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