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Drug Trafficking / Southeast Asia Golden Triangle #52579

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 10, 1978
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(Studio) White House reports with regard to heroin smuggling from Mexico, rather than Panama, and success of 1st year's joint effort to halt heroin traffic between United States and Mexico outlined. United Nations report with regard to Incring. traffic of heroin from S.E. Asia Golden Triangle noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Thailand-Burma border) Details with regard to opium trade along Burma-Thailand border given. Differing degrees of importance of trade to residents of hill country and to Shan United Army rebel group, which controls opium trade from area, described. From here, drug reaches Amsterdam, New York City and San Francisco. Shan leader's offer to sell area's opium trade Per year to United States and US refusal to deal with rebel group reported [Shan leader Kuhn SA - (thru translator) says if United States doesn't buy opium, trade will continue for 100 years Says people must grow opium to survive.] Attempts to stop trafficking in other ways noted, and expectations for their success outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Redeker

Reasoner, Harry;
Redeker, Bill

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