CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 25, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Florida federal grand jury reported indicting drug traffickers; details given. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Colombian drug cartel leaders Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar featured; details given of wealth, scenes shown. Drug lords noted killing and intimidating so many Colombian officials that doubtful they will be indicted. [US attorney Leon KELLNER - comments on wealth.] United States officials reported asserting that drugs and money corrupting numerous high-level officials in Central and South American countries and Caribbean. United States government noted supporting known drug-dealing countries in order to fight communism NSC noted having evidence in 1984 linking Panamanian general Manuel Noriega to Colombian drug dealers. [Ex-NSC advisor Norman BAILEY - says got no cooperation from CIA re: situation.] CBS-"New York Times" poll results with regard to Americans' views on drugs illustration Drug control allocations compared to defense budget. [Representative Charles RANGEL - comments on situation.] Poverty of Latin American countries noted compelling people to seek employment from drug lords. [BAILEY - comments on situation.] [On April 13, 1987, President REAGAN - says government has done much to combat drug problem.] [RANGEL - quotes Attorney General Edwin Meese.] Reagan's war on drugs noted being lost.