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Marijuana Smuggling / Operation Snowbird #256473

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 02, 1978
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(Studio) Present incrd. use of ships instead of planes by those smuggling marijuana into United States from South American compared to rumrunning in Prohibition era. Recent federal authorities' attack on trade reported.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Miami, Florida) Seizure of large cache of marijuana from Princess Charlotte as shipload was brought into port noted as one of 1st big takes in fed. government's Operation Snowbird; details given. Difficulty in stopping smuggling operations coming through Caribbean to Florida and Customs and Coast Guard continued patrols described. Ex. of Customs air patrol is work of Frank Lisenby; check of reports of suspicious ships through Treasury Department computer system reported Mentioned in report are Colombia and Bahamas. Water patrol by Customs and Coast Guard outlined. [Coast Guard commander Jon UITHOL - describes routes taken by smugglers, naming Yucatan Channel and Windward and Mona Passages, and notes they can find concentrations of traffic in those areas.] Coast Guard seizure of ship in international waters, with State Department approval, detailed. Lack of apparent effect of these patrol operations on price or availability of marijuana in United States noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante


(Studio) Report on stranded Norwegian oil rig off Guernsey coast in English Channel. Film shown.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Plante, Bill;
Schieffer, Bob

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