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War On Drugs / Mexico and BahBahama Islands #112542

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Arraignment in New York City of two Mexican police officers on chgs. of plotting to smuggle heroin into United States noted. Report introduced.

(NYC: John Martin) Drug trafficking from Mexico and Bahamas featured; scenes shown of war on drugs in Colombia, Bahama Islands, Mexico. [Customs commissioner William VON RAAB - says there is border safe-haven for drug traffickers.] Map and scenes shown of drug air strips in Baja, Mexico. [Customs pilot Keith POWELL - comments on regulations.] [Mexico assistant attorney general Jose ORTEGA PADILLA - (thru translator) says United States and Mexico should resolve own problems.] Accusations that Mexican officials protect some smugglers noted. [US Border Patrol Joe HOLLER - comments.] [VON RAAB - says Mexico can't police own cntry.] US-Mexico foreign trade recalled. Case of cooperative efforts between Bahamas and United States cited; scenes shown from US Customs video. [In shade, former SMUGGLER - says public officials have been bought in Bahamas.] Allegation with regard to role of Prime Min. Lynden Pindling in drug trafficking noted. [Bahamian attorney general Paul ADDERLEY - denies chgs. against Pindling; says different branches of United States give us different answers.] Differing positions of Justice Department and State Department on drug issues explained. [Ex-US attorney Robert MERKLE - says drug trafficking problems have been relegated to bottom shelf.] Need for coherent international strategy reiterated.

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John

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