March 10, 1988 |
The chairman of a congressional drug task force, warning that he will contest the Reagan Administration's certification of the Bahamas as cooperating in anti-narcotics efforts, declared Wednesday that U.S.-bound cocaine shipments through the Bahamas have doubled in the last year and that U.S. and Bahamian authorities have ignored the problem. Rep. Larry Smith (D-Fla.
November 18, 1987
The government's case against alleged cocaine kingpin Carlos Lehder is only "a masquerade of horrors" designed to convict him of drug-smuggling at any cost, the defense said in opening arguments in Jacksonville, Fla. Defense attorney Edward R. Shohat accused the government of pulling out all stops in its effort to paint Lehder as a top figure in the Colombia-based Medellin Cartel, which is responsible for up to 80% of U.S. cocaine imports. Lehder, 38, is charged with importing 3.
June 20, 1987 |
The ruling Progressive Liberal Party claimed victory Friday night in parliamentary elections, returning Prime Minister Lynden O. Pindling to office despite allegations of corruption. Unofficial results announced by the Parliamentary Registrar's Office, broadcast over a government-owned radio station, reported that Pindling's party had won at least 25 seats in the 49-member House of Assembly.