Records: Texas has enough drugs for 5 executions

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas' condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. Texas prison officials say they’ve secured a new supply of pentobarbital that will allow the nation’s most active death penalty state to continue executions. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark also said the prison agency is not identifying the source of the new drug inventory because of threats made against previous suppliers when they were identified as a provider of lethal injection drugs. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas' condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has enough of the execution drug pentobarbital to carry out the first five lethal injections scheduled for 2015.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice records obtained by The Associated Press under an open records request show 12 doses of the powerful sedative in the prison system’s inventory since the end of October, after the state carried out its 10th and final execution this year.

Two doses are required for each execution, plus another two in reserve.

At least 13 inmates have execution dates in 2015, including four in January.

Records also show the state paid more than $12,000 for its most recent supply of the drug, which has become increasingly difficult to obtain amid protests from capital punishment opponents.

The cost is the same as a purchase earlier this year.

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