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Tough Drug Law / New York City #236272

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 02, 1974
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(Studio) Report on toughness of ex-Governor Nelson Rockefeller's drug law.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) Heroin smuggled into New York City annually could supply 100,000 junkies. New York City has 60% nation's addicts. [Former PUSHER - cites cocaine, marijuana, hashish, and pills still on street, but cost more. People not afraid of law due to money involved.] Law could put pusher in jail for life with little chance for parole. [NYPD narcotics division department chief Dan. COURTENAY - says now get high and mid-level dealers. Law hasn't hit street pushers yet. Will eventually.] 60% of those arrested drew more than year jail. 55 pushers get life sentences. [COP - says dealers carry less now due to law.] Drug trend shifted from heroin to alcohol and pills. [Phoenix House Treatment Center Dr. Mitchell ROSENTHAL - says society more tolerant of drug abuse.] Critics hope to have law declared unconst. No large number pushers removed from street
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

Bowser, Betty Ann;
Mudd, Roger

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