NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 21, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Brian Ross) Pol. ramifications of war on drugs examined. Historic scenes shown of humorist Will Rogers joking about Congress Customs National Aviation Center reported being built next to the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Congress noted deciding to build center here rather than areas that are vulnerable to heavy drug traffic. [Customs consultant Ray GALT - says center is being built here because Representative Glenn English wanted it.] Influence of English and Senator Dennis DeConcini with regard to funding of air war on drugs discussed; details given of their drug war air force. [ENGLISH - says DeConcini wanted center in Oklahoma.] [DeCONCINI - defends choice.] Lobbyists and contractors reported attempting to benefit from Congress's control of drug war funding. Former aide to English, lobbyist Ted Mell &former aide to DeConcini, lobbyist Bobby Mills discussed. Mell and Bills noted working for companies that manufacturer prods. used in war on drugs; details given, companies listed on screen. Former aides noted continue to enjoy close relations with English and DeConcini; details given. [DeCONCINI - defends his and former aides' actions.] Most cocaine noted smuggled aboard cargo ships while Congress spends more money on air war; scenes shown of new radar blimp. [Customs agent Jerry YOUNG - says drug pilots wait for blimp to be grounded due to winds before making flights.] Ineffectiveness of blimp noted.