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Stopping Drug Smugglers (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Gulf of Mexico

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-09-14

Duration: 00:12:30

Subjects: Drugs | Drug couriers | Drug traffic | Gulf Of Mexico | United States. Coast Guard


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Reporter
  • Stewart, William Interviewee
  • Catron, Don Interviewee
  • Elliff, John Interviewee
  • Chapeau, Armand Interviewee


This segment from the September 14, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the work of the United States Coast Guard and the National Narcotics Border Interdiction System (NNBIS) in stopping and catching drug smugglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Johnson reports that the NNBIS office in New Orleans has seized 1.1 million tons of marijuana and 2,199 pounds of cocaine in 1984. He interviews: Admiral William Stewart of the United States Coast Guard; Don Catron of the United States Border Patrol; John Elliff, NNBIS Watch Commander; and Commander Armand Chapeau, NNBIS director. Host: Beth Courtney