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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Eastern criminals turned back VANCOUVER (CP) Police officials say they have turned back an attempt by organized criminals from eastern Canada to move Into Vancouver and Al- berta. Police spokesman said they're driving back tlw first wave of bank hold-up gangs and drug traffickers who fled from police heat in Quebec and other parts of eastern Canada. Inspector Jim Roberts of the Vancouver city police says more than 50 arrests have been made during the last year, including six within the last few weeks, of persons involved in several "well-organized, associa- ted groups with lies in eastern Canada, especially Quebec." "We believe they're responsible for more -than worth of holdups in the last 12 to 13 inspector Robarts said. He said a June 8 raid on a private home in su- burban Burnaby frustrated planned major holdups in "likely several hundred thousand dollars would have been stolen." Police seized a large cache of arms in the raid. "Major find9 RCMP spokesmen said the discovery of the cacho was a "major find." The raid uncovered two machine guns, three gas cannister guns used for tear gas, five ,38-calibre special revolvers, a number of boxes of ammunition, 13 rub- ber masks, ski masks, master keys, false identifica- tion, wigs, a sledge hammer, gloves and smocks. "It was a real supply depot for these one officer said. "You can bet there would have been big holdups." Police in Vancouver worked in conjunction with crime intelligence units from the RCMP and city police in major cities across the country, getting information on the criminals' activities from both eastern Canada and the west, including Calgary and Edmonton. In Edmonton, a city police detective said some of the Vancouver groups have "tics" in the Alberta city. "The problem is, these people they're not just one gang, but several associated groups are being pushed out of Quebec and the Inspector Hobarts said. He said there is tremendous police pressure on the organized criminals in the east and as a result they have been sweeping into Vancouver because it is ths next larger centre. Had they been allowed to establish themselves firm- ly in B.C., they would quickly have moved into Ed- monton and Calgary in- a big way. Lucrative field "I don't say we've stopped them In- spector Hobarts said. "It's a very lucrative field and they'll keep Irying, either through new groups or forming new link-ups and associations. There's always somebody to fill the gap. "But we're trying to get this thing stopped before It really gets started." In Edmonton, attorney-general Merv Leitch said the province has the intelligence system and determina-- tion to keep organized crime out of Alberta. Mr. Leitch met this week with Alberta police chiefs, Ihe RCMP and both their intelligence unils, aiid tha Alberta Police Commission. He said the two-day meeting was "an information gathering session." The attorney-general said that physically, syndicate crime is not in Alberta "But we must adopt a firm preventive policy." Mr. Leitch said police are keeping a close watch on money that comes into Alberta to take over busi- nesses. Mr. Leitch said police and his office arc "increas- ingly concerned" with the drinking driver. City police departments had cracked down on drinking drivers and Mr. Leilch indicaled there could be even harder days ahead for those who tempt the law. Uniform policy ;The attorney-general said he also wants a uniform policy across the province on action against such of- fences as obscenity, pornography and pinball machines. "We don't want test cases here, there and every- where thai are not Mr. Leitch said he and the police experts spent some time on developing an enforcement policy on Al- berta's r.aw compulsory car insurance. Car insurance became compulsory in the province April I, but the government wiped out a minimum fine for a first offence to avod hardship for some and there has been a state of flux in enforcement of tha new law. Mr. Lcitch said ways will be developed shortly to enforce the law. Repairs lo royal yaclit lo cost million LONDON (AP) The royal yacht Britannia, which rritics say floats on a sea of taxpayers' money, is to undergo a fil.7 million (4.42 million) refit. Tlie announcement, made by the ministry of de- fence, is expected to cause an outcry from Labor party critics including leading anti-royab'st William Hamilton. A ministry spokesman said the. money would go mainly on refitting the outdated crew quarters. Work will start in September and last 10 months. London papers are suggesting that inflation will the final cost of the project to million. They put the vessel's total cost at million million since it came into service IB years ago. Its original building cost was as much as is bud- geted for tho present refit. HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 70 VOL. LXV No. 165 The Lethbridge Herald "Settling South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." LETHBRIDGB, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 1972 Price 15 Cents FOUR SECTIONS 64 PAGES World monetary crisis feared by Europeans PARIS (AP) Europeans feared a renewed international monetary crisis today as central bank chiefs of the Common Market governments gathered for an emergency meeting brought on by Britain's decision to float the pound sterling. Hijacker killed in PERU, Ind. (AP) A young gunman who switched planes in St. Louis when a car rammed the first jet he hijacked bailed out with ransom early today after airline officials taught him how to operate tho parachute. Police tWnk he may not have survived the jump. Not long after the man left the American Airlines Boeing 727, the jump zone was pin- pointed by air force radar and police began searcliing the roll- ing hills in this corn-producing area. State police said the gunman may have had bailing out and said there was a report that bite of clothing and money were found in the airplane. Po- lice speculated he may have tangled liis clothing or para- chute on the stairway ramp at the rear of the jetliner and fallen to his death. Investigators in Chicago ex- amined the rear passenger exit of the jet, the exit reported used Commons to recess next Friday OTTAWA (CP) Parliament Is scheduled to begin a three- month summer recess next Fri- day, and there are many MPs who doubt whether the Housa wilt resume before another gen- eral election. Prime Minister Trudeau gave notice Friday that he will pro- pose a motion, probably Mon- day, that (lie recess extend to Sept. 29. If an election is held this fall, as many people believe, it likely would be announced before that since about 57 days must elapse between the announcement and actual voting. Meanwhile, there are indica- tions that the Commons will clean up some major legislation before next Friday. Through all-party agreement, the gov- ernment has been able to add six hours to the Commons' sit- ting time next week. While there have been no opposition commitments, there is believed lo be an understanding that at least two major bilk will bo pushed through. Those bills would include the foreign takeovers legislation and the legislation to establish the new Family Income Secu- rity Program as a replacement for present family allowances. believed jump by the hijacker. A. W. Jackson, American Airlines spokesman, said he could not conlirm that blood, money or bits of clothing had been found. The man, who commandeered the plane with a sub-machine- gun Friday night, was given1 two parachutes. The drop zone, located by a radar operator at nearby Gris- spm air force base, was about five miles southwest of here in a densely-wooded area. The air force radarman was taken aloft In a state police heli- copter because he felt he could further isolate the drop area from landmarks showing ou hJs radar screen. NO COMMENT Yves Michaml, who reportedly told a group of visiting Quebecers at Quebec House in Paris, France, 1o remove their Ma- ple lapel buttons earlier this week tells reporters at Montreal International jiort Friday he has "notliintf lo say abont this foolishness." (CP WIKEPHOTO) Israel ivarns Lebanon TEL AVIV (Reuter) Israeli cMef of staff Lt.-Gen. David Elazar warned Lebanon today that Israeli actions will conlinua unless tlie Lebanese govern- ment changes its policy in gard to the presence of Arab guerrilla forces on its territory. Speaking in a radio interview here, Elazar said that Israel will continue to lake all mea- sures required to assure that its northern border will be safe and tranquil. Elazar said the Lebanese gov- ernment had not done enough to curb the Arab guerrillas in its territory. "The Lebanese government continues to play host to mur- derers, to terrorists, to foreign terrorists, to all elements plot- ting against (he general charged. luclocliiua war end favored WASHINGTON