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Drugs / Mexico #244049

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 29, 1976
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(Studio) Police in Culiacan, Mexico, report confiscation of 10 tons of marijuana from crash of American plane; there are no arrests. Area is major center for drug smuggling into US, especially heroin.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Culiacan, Mexico) Culiacan, 600 mile south of Arizona, called drug capital of Mexico; city's mayor estimates 20% of population involved in drugs. Crime statistics for city noted; Red Cross treatment of gunshot wounds and drug overdoses noted. Heroin addiction among youth noted. Notorious district of city is Tierra Blanca, where those in drug business have built homes; even police stay out of area after dark. Series of stories by local reporter Roberto Martinez Montenegro of "Noroeste" daily newspaper prompted government to send troops to Culiacan to back up police. Shootouts between dealers and police have occurred and more expected.
REPORTER: George Natanson

Mudd, Roger;
Natanson, George

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