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Special Segment: South America (America's Drug Store) (Part III) #548315

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 12, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Bolivia: Peter Kent) Bolivia's role in international cocaine industry and implications for United States examined; scenes shown. [Former Green Beret Ed MERWIN - cites losing battle aspect of government's crackdown here.] Role of United States in Bolivian government's drug program mentioned. Farmer's (named) situation described. President Victor Paz Estenssoro's commitment to United States to crack down explained. Econs. involved for coca farmers detailed. [US ambassador Edward ROWELL - notes majority of Bolivian electorate need cocaine industry] Recent standoff between police and coca growers described, shown. [Drug Enforcement Admin. spokesperson John PHELPS - considers Bolivian program a failure.] [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - favors continuing program.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Kent, Peter

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