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(Studio: Peter Jennings) State Department reported adding Panama to list of ntns. ineligible for United States aid due to drug enforcement policies; other countries on list named. Report introduced.
(No location given: Mark Potter) Problem of drug trafficking in West Hemisphere featured; scenes shown of arrests and funerals related to drug dealing in Colombia. [Colombia editor Francisco SANTOS - says drug dealers are more powerful than state.] [DEA spokesperson John LAWN - says Colombia only forecasts what can happen elsewhere.] Steps in drug product in South American outlined on screen; ntns. named. Cocaine smuggling charges against Haitian mil. figure Jean-Claude Paul reported; indictments against Panama's Manuel Noriega recalled. [Representative Charles RANGEL - discusses threat of drug trafficking to national security] Criticism of President Reagan's refusal to get tough with trafficking ntns. reported [Representative Larry SMITH - says administration can't say no to dictators.] Expansion of drug network in region reiterated.
- Jennings, Peter;
- Potter, Mark
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