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Spotlight (Drugs: The Losing Battle) (Part III) #567024

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 22, 1989
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(Miami, Florida: Brian Ross) Mafia and drug prosecutor Richard Gregory featured; details given of his resignation from Justice Department, scenes shown. [GREGORY - describes opposition from State Department when he sought conviction of Panama's Manuel Noriega; says administration thinks that avoiding foreign policy problems is more important than drug war.] Violence directed toward American embassy in Honduras last year after arrest of drug kingpin recalled. [GREGORY - says another arrest in foreign country was stopped as result of Honduras incident.] [Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters Ann UROBLESKI - says drug cartel is more violent and State Department fears for embassy empls.' lives.] Colombian cartel bosses under indictment by Gregory noted openly walking sts. in cities where State Department will not allow American agents to operate. Exs. of State Department-Justice Department problems in drug cases in Bahamas and Panama noted. [GREGORY - comments on situation.] [Noriega's attorney Neal SONNETT - praises Gregory's abilities.] [Senator John KERRY - mourns loss of Gregory; compares war on drugs to Vietnam War.] Gregory quoted with regard to his resignation.

Utley, Garrick;
Ross, Brian

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