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War On Drugs / Lehder Trial #321259

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Colombian drug smuggler Carlos Lehder reported found guilty in Florida. Report introduced.

(Jacksonville, Florida: Bruce Hall) Verdict outlined. [US prosecutor Robert MERKLE - says verdict victory for American] [Lehder attorney Edward SHOHAT - says trial unfair.] [DEA spokesperson John LAWN - says Lehder thought he was above law.] Lehder's drug-smuggling operation discussed; details given, scenes shown. [Ex-Lehder pilot Andrew BARNES - says Lehder thought it was his patriotic duty to smuggle cocaine.] Verdict's impact upon drug war discussed. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - comments on verdict.] Next target noted Bahamian Prime Min. Lynden Pindling. Federal prosecutors quoted re: sentence recommended for Lehder. (Artist Howard Brodie)

Hall, Bruce;
Rather, Dan

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