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Colombia / M-19 Organization Truce / Special Assignment: (Colombia's Drug War, Part I) #90908

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 24, 1984
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(Studio) Colombia's announcement of upcoming truce with guerrilla organization M-l9, which has been trying to overthrow government reported Drug problem in Colombia noted. Colombian Pres Belisario Betancur's remarks with regard to drug use and drug trafficking mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Bogota, Colombia) Report on increase in drug use in Colombia, major producer of marijuana and cocaine. Reactions of residents described. [Bogota newspaper ed. Juan Guillermo CANO - (thru translator) comments.] Respectability of drug runners, because of their money, noted; cases of Carlos Lehder and Pablo Escobar cited. [Bogota newspaper editor Rafael SANTOS - comments.] Change in public opinion detailed. Colombians' views of image and institutions being corrupted outlined. [US Ambassador Lewis TAMES - comments.] Effect of death of Justice Min. Rodrigo Lara Bonilla stated; films shown. [TAMES - comments on assassination.] [SANTOS - comments on effect of assassination.] President Betancur's order for drug crackdown noted. United States pressure said to produce spraying of marijuana crops and promises of extradition of traffickers to US. Cocaine product in Peru and Bolivia, and traffickers' movement into Brazil and Venezuela cited. Cocaine derivative under name Bazuco mentioned.
REPORTER: Mark Potter

(Studio) Upcoming follow-up report on traffickers noted as well as other reports on broadcasts outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Mark

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