NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 11, 1978
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(Studio) Coast Guard's efforts to stop rum running during Prohibition and present efforts to stop marijuana smuggling noted. Efficiency of marijuana delivery system reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Martin Cnty., Florida) Details given about largest drug bust in history, off Florida coast; photos shown. Coast Guard's inability to get to marijuana ship sighted during filming of report detailed. Lack of funds for narcotics agents and abundance of funds for smugglers noted. Congress hearings held in Florida in June by Representative Lester Wolff's Select Committee on Narcotics mentioned. [WOLFF - comments on size of smuggling operations.] Discovery of marijuana washing up on Martin Cnty., Florida, beach, north of Palm Beach cited. [POLICE - talk to young people.] [WOMAN - says 1 package is all they found.] Martin Cnty. sheriff Jim Holt's remarks about size of operation in his county noted. [HOLT - says community is being corrupted by ease of smuggling there and notes problems involved with organized crime and pols.] Sheriff's program to fight smuggling operations in county outlined. [HOLT - discusses constant efforts of smugglers to buy law officers.] Upcoming report noted.
REPORTER: Michael Silver
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