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GA executions off: DEA seizes critical drug

ATLANTA (AP) - All Georgia executions are off after federal drug agents seized the state's supply of a sedative used in lethal injections that has been challenged by capital punishment critics and death-row inmates, including a man recently executed who called the British exporter of the drug a "fly-by-night supplier."

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Chuvalo Truesdell wouldn't say exactly why Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental was taken Tuesday, just that they had questions about it was imported to the U.S. The sedative is part of a three-drug cocktail used in executions that has been in short supply since the sole U.S. manufacturer stopped making it.

No more execution dates in Georgia have been scheduled and it's unlikely any will be set before the issue is resolved.

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