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Drug Traffic / USSR / Americans' Trial #44965

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 1976
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(Studio) 3 Americans go on trial in USSR for trying to smuggle heroin through country
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Moscow, USSR ) Defendants are Dennis Burn, Paul Brawer and Gerald Amster; all plead guilty. Amster describes proposition to court that set the 3 up to smuggle heroin from Malaysia to Europe. 3 are latest of 16 foreigners arrested in past year for drug smuggling. Press reports indicate USSR authorities fear Moscow becoming transit point for illegal drug traffic between Asia and Europe; authorities apparently want case publicized, so press allowed in ctroom. Case serves as warning to would-be drug smugglers coming through USSR .
REPORTER: Lynn Jones

Jones, Lynn;
Reasoner, Harry

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