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Honduras / Drug Trafficking #560683

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 12, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Brian Ross) Fugitive Ramon Matta Ballesteros reported living openly in Tegucigalpa while heading drug operations; details given, scenes shown. Charges Matta faces in United States listed. Authorities quoted regarding Matta's drug operation. November 19, 1987, seizure of Matta's cocaine recalled; scenes shown. [DEA spokesperson Thomas CASH - comments on Matta.] Matta's success noted being attributed to ties with Honduran military Matta mentioned being flown about country in US-supplied military aircraft. Matta reported hiring ex-Panamanian general Humberto Regalado's aides. General Regalado noted refusing comment. Matta's wealth discussed. Matta quoted from local television interview. Honduran authorities reported refusing to extradite Matta despite fugitive status. Wife shown confronting camera crew and quoted. Matta's mansion shown.

Brokaw, Tom;
Ross, Brian

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