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War On Drugs / Lehder Trial #562292

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Colombian drug lord reported found guilty by Florida jury. Report introduced.

(DC: Brian Ross) Jury noted under heavy security Portions of United States Attorney Robert Merkle's closing argument quoted. [Ex-Lehder pilot Andrew BARNES - comments on work.] Lehder noted admiring Adolf Hitler and talking openly about his drug activities. [In 1985, LEHDER - (thru translator) says cocaine and marijuana are weapons against American imperialism.] Jury noted shown films of Norman's Key, Lehder's island drug base. Photo shown of Lehder snorting cocaine. Lehder's conviction noted not expected to deter influx of drugs into US. Customs officials quoted. [MERKLE - says Lehder's conviction will disturb other Colombian dealers.] Lehder's attys. noted appealing. (Artist: Betty Wells)

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: Brian Ross) Impact of Lehder's conviction upon Colombian drug lords discussed. More land noted under cultivation for drug crops.

Brokaw, Tom;
Ross, Brian

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