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Contras and Drugs #552759

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 20, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) CIA and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) said denying "Newsweek" magazine claim that they were involved in Contra drug running operations.

(NYC: Arthur Kent) Claims of accused smuggler George Morales that he worked for CIA in drug running operation to help Contras examined; details given, scenes shown. [MORALES - blames CIA for his legal troubles; remarks transcribed on screen.] Morales' account of his company Aviation Activities' ostensible Contra supply shipments to El Salvador base used by CIA and Colonel Oliver North outlined. [MORALES - comments.] Contra supply-drug operations described, indicated on map; former Contra leader Eden Pastora, in letter to Senator Jesse Helms and under secretary state Elliott Abrams, said include admission that he suspected Morales of smuggling drugs. Payment reputedly involved for Contras mentioned. [Senator John KERRY - believes allegations.] CIA's denial, in part, said based on agency's claim that it doesn't break the law.

Brokaw, Tom;
Kent, Arthur

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