NBC Evening News for Friday, May 20, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United States Customs Service reported returning Atlantis II to owners after seizure for trace of marijuana on board. "Zero tolerance" anti- drug policy discussed. Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Ed Rabel) "Zero tolerance" noted called "overkill" by opponents. Recent seizures of vessels after searches produced traces of drugs recalled; details given, scenes shown. Monkey Bus., boat that carried Gary Hart and Donna Rice on clandestine cruise, mentioned. [Boat owner John Sebastian GROSS - says boat seized.] Gross' boat noted headed for auction block while yacht returned to owner. [GROSS - says policy is joke.] [Customs chief William VON RABB - comments on policy and mentions Carlos Lehder.] Customs dog shown sniffing passengers for drugs. [PASSENGERS - comment on dog.] Customs officials reported agreeing to modify policy's enforcement. [VON RABB - comments on effort.] Major drug smugglers noted escaping justice.