ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 18, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Problems in keeping drugs from entering United States noted; President Reagan reported signing new anti-drug bill. Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) Failure of United States interdiction programs to keep drugs out of United States featured; scenes shown of smugglers' home videotape of cocaine air drop. [In shadow, ex-drug SMUGGLER - calls interdiction a total failure.] Details given of interdiction methods on air, sea and land; scenes shown of radar balloons and smuggler-chasing planes. [Customs air branch chief L. Roger GARLAND - talks about flights across border.] Problems of containing smuggling by sea noted; details given, scenes shown of roles of Coast Guard and United States Customs Service. Problems along Mexico-US border reviewed; scenes shown. [Arizona customs chief Tom McDERMOTT - shows road that is port of entry for smugglers.] Intergovernmental disorganization explained; General Accounting Office report mentioned. [DEA spokesperson David WOOD, GARLAND - discuss issue of who's in charge] Costs of interdiction reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Smugglers' use of unmanned submarine to smuggle drugs explained; scenes shown from Boca Raton, Florida. Disclaimer that "American Agenda" series is not related to group using that name, which is chaired by ex-presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter to assess major problems facing US noted. Vice President George Bush mentioned.