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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Forecast high Friday 20-25. The lethbridge Herald * ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 70 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-26 PAGES Drugs (4) Pusher finds drug trade good here By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer Meet - let's call him Frank. Frank pushes drugs In Lethbridge, drugs ranging from marijuana and hashish and LSD to speed and hard narcotics like heroin. He lives in Lethbridge, where he says he has built up a lucrative market for all of his stocks, including the heroin. Frank is 22, and comes originally from Toronto. Most recently he lived in Calgary, where he says he received a business administration diploma from Mount Royal College. He's an average tall man, with short dark hair, conservative glasses and expensive-looking casual clothes. Not exactly the stereotype pusher, perhaps, but as he says, "that's not where it's at today." He resents being called a pusher: "I sell a product that's in demand, just like any other businessman. But I don't push the stuff onto anyone who doesn't want it - there's just no point in doing that when you consider how large the steady trade is already. The kids turn tbeir friends onto drugs, I don't." Not pushed Frank said he does not know if the traditional "pusher" ever existed, but added he does know that most drugs are not pushed today. "Everyone's an amateur in selling drugs," he said. "Someone goes to Calgary or Vancouver or somewhere, or else they come to me or some other Lethbridge contact. They give give me $50 or $100 or so, and I tell them where there's a stash or two - I'd never carry drugs around with me. "Then tJ^v find the stuff and lay It on the friends who helpedfor ii in the first place. That way they don't,risk gettfag busted as often. "That's what the'police call "pushing" in this city -kids they bust who just happened to be the innocent collection agency." Heroin, he said, is a part of the Lethbridge drug scene, but is not too popular. Most people who buy heroin, according to Frank, brought their habit with them from a larger city, "and they can afford it, so they don't cause any trouble." He said some of the younger people are experimenting with heroin and other hard drugs, but they usually get scared away?pretty quickly. He acknowledged that heroin is dangerous, "but if I don't sell it, someone else will, and that's not very good business for me, is it?" Still, soft drug users in the city are becoming concerned about the spread of heroin, which they fear will bring a heavy police crackdown oh them, as well as on the heroin scene. Local doctors say they have treated some high school and older people for heroin overdoses, easy for inexperienced1 heroin users to give themselves. And nurses say an emergency door at a city hospital is sometimes locked at night because thieves have broken in to steal narcotics stored nearby. Control difficult Frank says he can see no way for the law to control drug use, because so many people use them and because of the proliferation of new drugs and synthetics to supplement the common natural ones. In addition to LSD, STP, amphetamines, metham-phetamines and barbiturates, there are also such recent synthetic developments as "THC," which is syn-thetic marijuana - tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in both marijuana and hashish. "And there are lots of commonplace replacements," Frank sadd. "Even nutmeg can give you a good high if you don't like living, and how can you stop selling nutmeg?" He refused to comment on what would happen to him if marijuana were legalized. He said more than half of his trade is with students and young adults, "but you'd be surprised how many upstanding businessmen use the stuff regularly. A lot of Chamber of Commerce members are clients of mine," Frank said. Frank isn't the only illicit drug salesman in Lethbridge, but he's probably representative. In larger cities the seedier element is more common - and in general, that's where both he and the local users he calls "amateurs" get their supplies. "I try to get good stuff, and most of the time I try a bit of it myself, so long as its just pot or acid (he's never used heroin). I've never brought in any dirty drugs, but there's lots of them around, and some of the kids who buy out there don't know enough to make sure of what they buy." And that's where most of the freaked out users find their bad trips: in adulterated drugs, not pure drugs. Trudeau plans fight against sex bias PIG'S HEAD PROTESTER - A demonstrator, carrying a large-sized dummy with a pig's head, pickets outside the Royal York in Toronto Wednesday night. Police arrested at least 13 persons at the $50-a-plate Liberal banquet where Prime Minister Trudeau was speaking. Angry British postmen turn on union LONDON (AP) -' Thousands of angry postmen turned on their union leaders with boos and catcalls today, threatening to ignore the union call to end a seven-week strike that paralysed mail services throughout Britain. The strikers booed Tom Jackson, general secretary of the Union of Postal Workers, for five minutes when he appeared before them at a rally in Hyde Park. The union executive committee appealed to the 200,000 strikers to agree to return to work next Monday but the workers chanted: "Sell out." Jackson told the booing crowd: "If you want to stay out, I will lead you in the struggle." Union leaders, bowing to the unyielding attitude of the Conservative government, earlier recommended a return to work with no assurance of the big pay raise for which they had vowed to fight to their last penny. It was a massive climbdown by the union in face of Prime Minister Heath's policy of refusing inflation-feeding wage settlements in state industries. But many workers appeared ready to reject the call and stay out. The strike began Jan. 19. Even before if began, the post offices sealed letter slots and refused to accept mail or telegrams. Automatic telephones operated throughout but most manually operated phones were out. Telegrams were halted but automatic telex services worked without interruption. Des p i t e today's opposition, union leaders believed the strikers will finally vote for a return. Rolls-Royce deal near LONDON (AP) - The British government and Lockheed Aircraft Corp. today were reported close to a package proposal to save Rolls-Royce engines for Lockheed's TriStar jetliner. Lockheed Chairman Daniel Haughton emerged from a third day of talks at the defence ministry and said: "We are still negotiating. I think I shall have a package of the government's proposals to present to the customer airlines before I leave tonight." Haughton is to meet in New Chinese satellite draws attention WASHINGTON (Reuter) - China's newest space satellite orbited the earth today while U.S. officials pondered whether it marked a significant step toward developing nuclear missile capabilitiy. The satellite, launched early Wednesday from a space facility near the Soviet border, was China's second in 11 months. It was circling the earth on an elliptical path, which Wednesday night took it over the United States at least once. But officials said they would need more information on the feat before reassessing U.S. forecasts that China could have operational intercontinental ballistic missiles by 1973. It was not immediately known whether it was sending back signals, although experts presumed that it must be, nor could authorities give an estimate yet of its size or weight. President Nixon said last week that by the late 1970s China could be expected to have ICBM's able to reach the United States. U.S. airmen kidnapped York Friday with airlines planning to buy the TriStar. Aides said he would be ready to return to London after the meeting with his customers' verdict. Details of the British proposals were shrouded in secrecy. GETS FULL INFORMATION Haughton in 10 hours of talks since he arrived Tuesday has been given complete information on the British position, sources said. They said it appeared Lockheed must be ready to pay more for each RB-211 engine, to waive penalty payments for late delivery and perhaps make some contribution to the additional development costs. And the U.S. airlines will be asked to wait longer for the plane and possibly pay more for it. London newspapers reported that the U.S. government may give a powerful boost to the TriStar by ordering considerable numbers of a military version of the 300-seater plane. This would be a means for President Nixon to help in Lockheed's own battle against financial collapse, the reports suggested. But Haughton declared: "I don't believe it." From AP-Reuter ANKARA, Turkey (CP) - Four American airmen were kidnapped today and terrorists demanded $400,000 ransom, threatening to "put them before a firing squad" if the money wasn't delivered. Turkish police said five armed Turks abducted the airmen early today as they patrolled around a U.S. radar base near Ankara. The terrorists forced their military car off the road, tied up the. Turkish driver and drove off with the Americans. The terrorists set a 36-hour deadline expiring at 6 p.m. Friday Ankara time. The statement was from a group calling itself the Turkish People's Liberation Army. The group demanded the message be read on radio and published by the news agency. It called on Turks to revolt against the country's conservative government and its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 'The tvrong way9 yacht sighted HOBART, Tasmania (Reuter) - Lone British sailor Chay Blyth, sailing around the world "the wrong way" in his yacht British Steel, was sighted Wednesday 175 miles south-east of Tasmania. Blyth, making his trip from East to West against winds and currents, said by radio that he was passing Tasmania two days later than scheduled. - * Dinner scenes ugfy TORONTO (CP) - Four policemen were injured and 13 persons arrested Wednesday as a demonstration outside a Liberal fund-raising dinner addressed by Prime Minister Trudeau erupted in violence. About 600 protesters awaited the arrival of Prime Minister Trudeau to address the $50-a-plate dinner at the Royal York Hotel on downtown Front Street opposite Union Station. However, the prime minister had arrived several hours earlier and stayed in the hotel until he appeared at the dinner. After an hour of marching with placards, chanting slogans and swearing, some of the'dem-onstrators hurled potatoes and an orange at police. As policemen waded into the crowd, one was hit on the head by a placard, which drew blood, and the crowd spilled into Front Street, blocking traffic for 15 minutes. Three plate-glass display windows in the hotel were shattered by hurled potatoes and the butt-end of a placard, and a bottle of red paint smashed against the hotel wall. Three policemen were punched. OFFER SANDWICHES Earlier the demonstration had been almost cheerful as members of the Just Society, a poor people's group, offered banquet guests stepping from limousines a free "people's banquet" of bo-longa sandwhiches. All the guests refused. Men in tuxedos and elegantly-dressed women had to run a short gauntlet between demonstrators chanting "choke, choke, choke," and "$50 is a month's groceries." Protesters carried placards calling for free abortion, freedom for Quebec separatist Pierre Vallieres, an end to "Canadian complicity" in supplying arms to American troops in Vietnam, and jobs. Police said most of the trouble came from small bands of Maoists, Marxists and one recently formed group that fashions itself after the Weathermen, a militant United States organization. Among the groups taking part in demonstrations were the Just Society, Women's Liberation Movement, Toronto Women's Caucus, Committee for a Free Quebec, Rising Up Angry, Militant Co-op, Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), Canadian Party of Labor, and the League for Socialist Action. TORONTO (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau told a glittering audience of 2,400 party faithful Wednesday night that his government is moving quickly to remove discrimination facing women "in all fields of Canadian life." The prime minister, in a 40-minute speech that made no reference to an angry demonstration of 600 outside the Royal York Hotel, told guests at the annual Ontario-Liberal fund-raising dinner that recommendations of the royal commission on the status of women are being examined as quickly as possible and the results would be relayed to the cabinet for action. 'Sir! I think we've taken another hill* Runaway train jumps tracks TOKYO (Reuter) - A runaway train packed with commut-e r s and schoolchildren-its brakes damaged after hMng a truck on a level crossing-jumped the rails and overturned near here today, killing 12 persons and injuring 73 others. Police probe death MONTREAL (CP) - An autopsy will be conducted today on the body of Marie-Andree Chartrand, 26, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in Ste. Melanie, Que. She was the daughter of labor leader Michel Chartrand. A spokesman for the provincial homicide squad said a man was being held for questioning in connection with the death of Miss Chartrand, who was shot in the head. Her body was discovered Wednesday in the small community 50 miles north of the city and transferred to Montreal later in the day. Coroner Jacques Laporte of , Joliette said the victim had been shot in the head with a shotgun. Joliette police said two other persons who were in the house at the time of the incident said it had been an accident. One was Miss Chartrand's boyfriend and the other her sister, Madeleine. They told police the victim's boyfriend was looking at the shotgun without knowing it was loaded. Mr. Chartrand was recently released on bail pending trial on a charge of membership in the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. The 54-year-old president of the 65,000-m ember Montreal council of the Confederation of National Trade Unions is also appealing a one-year sentence for contempt of court resulting from several outbursts during recent court appearances. A charge of seditious conspiracy against him was quashed in February. Curling thrown title race wide open QUEBEC (CP) - Bill Tetley of Northern Ontario and unheralded Paul Bordage of New Brunswick threw the Canadian curling championship wide open in today's seventh round as they defeated favored Manitoba and British Columbia respectively. Tetley's Thunder Bay rink handed Canadian and world champion Don Duguid of Winnipeg his first setback of the current title race with a narrow 7-6 margin. The result left both the Tetley and Manitoba rinks tied with 5-1 records. Bordage's foursome edged past B.C.'s Kevin (Duke) Smale by a similar narrow margin, winning 8-7. The loss moved Smale to third-place on the strength of five wins and two losses. Bordage now is 2-4 for the competition. Alberta scored its third win against four losses when Matt Baldwin took care of Frank Hoar, of Nova Scotia by a 11-6 margin. Hoar now is still left searching for his first win. Bob Charlebois had little difficulty leading his' Ontario rink to a 14-6 win against Quebec's Bill Ott. Charlebois is 4-3 for seven rounds, while Ott is 24. Cricketer loses his lava lava APIA, Western Samoa (Reuter) - A Samoan cricketer lost his lava lava -a wrap-around skirt-as he ran down the wicket in a cricket match watched by Prince Philip here today. Fielders whooped with glee and the crowd gasped. But the honor of Samoa was saved-the cricketer had white shorts under his lava lava. �DEMONSTRATORS CHANT He said the remaining barriers to full participation of women in the Canadian community must be removed. These barriers, he said, had been put up by a society "which purports to educate women on the same basis as men, and then denies to those women the chance to do the tasks for which they have been trained." While the dinner, which raised about $125,000 for the party, moved along without interruption, the 600 demonstrators stood outside the hotel chanting for "bread and jobs." Guests at the dinner had to face a gauntlet of chants and abuses as demonstrators offered bologna sandwiches-an obvious criticism of the $50 a plate charged by the party to hear Mr. Trudeau. Police charged into the crowd outeide the hotel at least twice and arrested 13. Four policemen were injured and three hotel display cases were smashed. But despite the turmoil, the demonstrators and the dinner guests had a common meeting ground. CHANT FOR RIGHTS Outside the hotel they chanted for women's rights while inside the prime minister told dinner guests cordoned off by police officers and security guards that Canadian society should give women a more meaningful role. At one point he was greeted by guffaws from the men in his audience when he suggested that maybe they should stay at home and look after the kids. "Certain skills are required in the raising of children, certain functions demand to be performed," said the bachelor prime minister. "The nominee to supply these skills and perform these tasks need not be determined by a sexual qualification. ..." Mr. Trudeau said in a 40-minute speech these shortcomings amounted to society as a whole refusing to acknowledge the contribution that women can make. "Every woman in Canada possesses skills, competence, energy, knowledge, warmth, and abilities which are of immense value and yet which are often under-utilized. . . . "Until we change these circumstances, we are denying to our society benefits which we can ill afford to lose." STUDY GROUP NAMED Mr. Trudeau later announced the appointment of a study group to recommend government action on women's rights. The study group is composed of three women and is headed by Jan Steele, 43, a Liberal party official from London, Ont, and holder of a master's degree in political science. The other members are Marie Gibeault, of Hull. Que., and president of the National Women's Liberal Federation, and Ester Greenglass, a professor of psychology at York University, Toronto. Seen and heard About town    Tif A Y O R Andy Anderson welcoming firefighters from Great Falls, Montana, with "Citizens of the greatest nation in the world." Silence. "Is there any doubt?" . . . John Holstcin paying $200 for an older car and then paying $350 for tires and wheels to adorn it . . . Randy Hoeksema claiming a mark on his cheek was not a hickey but a smudge of dirt that "will come off." ;