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Marijuana Smuggling #240850

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 06, 1975
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(Studio) 2 recent plane crashes focus new attention on marijuana trafficking to US.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Miami, Florida) Film of 2 recent crashes in Tennessee and Georgia shown. Marijuana smuggling into United States big business. [Drug Enforcement Admin. Howard SAFIR - says recent survey in North Mexico revealed 35 planes in 2-hr. period that hadn't filed flight plans.] 3 years ago, pilot Rick Esch explained how he smuggled marijuana across border; remarks used in CBS documentary, "The Mexican Connection". [ESCH - says he successfully smuggled drugs across border by flying plane 50-100 foot above ground and below radar range.] Today, smugglers use same basic techniques; details given. Now, much more marijuana comes from South American and Caribbean; much of action swings to deserted airfields along E. coast. [US Customs Service Mike WEWERS - says great numbers of unguarded strips exist all along E. coast. Honestly believes he could smuggle dope from Latin American to United States with very few problems. Even if government agents tipped off, chances good plane could get through United States defenses.] When smugglers caught, contraband burned; but few smugglers ever caught. [WEWERS - says it's impossible to keep up with every small plane that penetrates continental US.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

(Studio) Risk of getting caught may be small, but risk of crashing great.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Goldberg, Bernard

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