NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 11, 1975
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(Studio) Special report on heroin traffic from Mexico. American officials estimate 2/3 heroin in United States comes from Mexico. Report prepared by Ira Silverman.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Sierra Madre Mts., Mexico) Thousands of farmers in Sierra Madre Mts. now have cash crop, opium. Mexican and United States narcotics agents have filmed 26 opium fields, all within 400 mile of United States border. United States flies in Mexican soldiers to destroy opium crops ready for harvest. United States narcotics officials all over Mexico advising Mexican agents and conducting own intelligence activities. United States urges Mexico use chemical sprays to destroy opium fields, but Mexico refuses. Despite efforts, most crops harvested and processed into heroin. Mexican patrols set up roadblocks to check cars for heroin; so far, more marijuana than heroin found. Officials privately admit outlook for stopping heroin traffic into United States not good. Opium and heroin traffic to continue till Mexican farmers find lawful way to make living and life.
REPORTER: John Chancellor (narrates)
(Studio) Some of Mexican heroin being sold on college campuses and in smaller towns. Turning off Mexican connection has no easy solution. REPORTER: John Chancellor