NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 01, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Panamanian leader general Manuel Antonio Noriega's alleged connections to Colombian drug trafficking featured. Report introduced
(DC: Brian Ross) Miami, Florida, federal prosecutors shown arriving at Justice Department to attain final approval for Noriega's indictment. Federal authorities quoted regarding indictment. Noriega's alleged allowance of Colombian cocaine cartel to product drugs in Panama and smuggle into United States discussed; details given, scenes shown. Noriega and cocaine leader Jorge Ochoa reported worked together under Panamanian government protection. Authorities quoted regarding landing strips provided by Noriega for drug trafficking use; Coronado, Panama, landing strip shown. Pilots reported testifying they used air strips for smuggling purposes. [Ex-American ambassadorto Panama Jack VAUGHN - says Noriega is Panama's godfather.] Riots shown resulting from Noriega's charges. Impact of Noriega's indictment detailed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Noriega reported having connections to right wing president cand. Lyndon LaRouche. Ex-Panamanian consul in New York City Jose Blandon reported testifying Noriega paid LaRouche to verbally attack Senators Jesse Helms and John Kerry.
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