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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Forecast high Friday 20-25. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXIY No. 70 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO 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 lor 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, per- haps, 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 1 don't push the stuff onto anyone who doesn't want it there's just no point in doing that when you con- sider how large the steady trade is already. The kids turn their 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 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 or or so, and I tell them where there's a stash or two I'd never carry drugs around with me. "Then ftn- find the stuff and lay it on the friends who helped; --y lor in the first place. That way they don't risk getting busted as often. "That's what the'police call "pushing" in this city they bust w ho 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 experi- menting with heroin and other hard drugs, but they usually get scared away pretty quickly. He acknowl- edged that heroin is dangerous, "but if I don't sell it, someone else will, and that's not very good business for me, is Still, soft drug users in the city are becoming con- cerned about the spread of heroin, which they fear will bring a heavy police crackdown on 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 inexperienced 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 con- trol drug use, because so many people use their; and because of the proliferation of new drugs and synthe- tics to supplement the common natural ones. In addition to LSD, STP, amphetamines, melham- phetammes and barbiturates, there are also such re- cent synthetic developments as which is syn- thetic marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol, the active in- gredient in both marijuana and hashish. "And there arc lots of commonplace replace- Frank said. "Even nutmeg can give you a good high if you don't like living, and how can you stop selling He refused to comment on what would happen to him if marijuana were legalized. He said more than half of his traiie is with stu- dents and adults, "but jou'd be surprised how many upstanding businessmen use the stuff regularly. A lot of Chamber of Commerce members are clients of Frank said. Frank isn't the only illicit dmg salesman in Leth- bridge, 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 gmvl .stuff, and most of the time I try a bit of it nntelf. so long as iti just pot or acid (he's never used I've never brought in any dirty drugs, but there's lots of then: around, and some of the kid.s wlio buy out there don't know enough to make sure of what they buy." And that's whcie most of the freaked out users find thcu' bad trips: in adulterated drugs, not pure drugi. Trudeau plans fight against sex 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 Liberal banquet where Prime Minister Trudeau was speaking. Angry British postmen turn 021 union leaders 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 para- lysed mail services throughout Britain. The strikers booed Tom Jack- son, 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 commit- tee appealed to the strik- ers 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 Con- servative 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 refus- ing inflation-feeding wage set- tlements in state industries. But many workers appeared ready to reject the call and stay out. The strike began Jan. 19. Even before it began, the post offices sealed letter slots and refused to accept mail or tele- grams. Automatic telephones operat- ed throughout but most manu- ally operated phones were out. Telegrams were halted but au- tomatic telex services worked without interruption. DCS 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 Air- craft 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 min- istry 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 (Renter) Cliina's newest space satellite orbited the earth today while U.S. officials pondered whether it marked a significant step to- ward developing nuclear missile capabilitiy. The satellite, launched early Wednesday from a space facil- ity near the Soviet border, was Cliina's second m 11 months. It was circling the earth on an elliptical patb, which Wednes- day night took it over tho 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 bal- listic missiles by 1973. It was not immediately known whether it was sending back signals, although experts pre- sumed that it must be, nor could authorities give an esti- mate yet of its size or weight. President Nixon said last week that by the late 1970s Cluna could be expected to have ICBM's able to reach the United States. U.S. airmen kidnapped York Friday with airlines plan- ning to buy the TriScar. Aides said he would be ready to re- turn to London after the meet- ing with his customers' verdict. Details of the British propos- als were shrouded in GETS FULL INFORMATION Haughton in 10 hours of talks since he arrived Tuesday has been given complete informa- tion on the British position, sources said They said it appeared Lock- heed must be ready to pay more for each RB-211 engine, to v. penalty payments for late- delivery and perhaps make some contribution to the addi- tional devuiupmeiit 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 considera- ble numbers of a military ver- sion ot the 300-scater plane. Tins would be a means for President to help in hced's own battle against finan- cial collapse, the reports sug- gested. But Haushton declared. "I don't it Dinner scenes ugly TORONTO (CP) Four po- licemen were injured 13 persons arrested Wednesday as a demonstration outside a Lib- eral fund-raising dinner ad- dressed by Prime Minister Tru- deau erupted in violence. About 600 protesters awaited the arrival of Prime Minis- ter Trudeau to address the a-plate dinner at the Royal York Hotel on downtown Front Street opposite Union Station. However, the prime minister had arrived several hours ear- lier 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 win- dows in the hotel were shattered by hurled potatoes and the butt-end of a placard, and a bot- tle of red paint smashed against the hotel wall. Three policemen were punched. OFFER SANDWICHES Earlier the demonstration had been almost cheerful as mem- bers 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 ele- gantly-dressed women had to run a short gauntlet between demonstrators chanting "choke, choke, and is a month's groceries." Protesters carried placards calling for free abortion, free- dom for Quebec separatist Pierre Vallieres, an end to "Ca- nadian complicity" in supplying arms to American troops in Vietnam, and jobs. Police said most of the trou- ble came from small bands of Maoists, Marxists and one re- cently formed group that fash- ions itself after the Weather- men, 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, Mili- tant Co-op, Communist Party of Canada Ca- nadian Party of Labor, and the League for Socialist Action. From AP-Kciitcr ANKARA, Turkey (CP) Four American airmen were kidnapi.cd today and terrorists demanded S400.000 ransom, threatening to "put them before a firing squad1' if the money wasn't delivered. T ii r k i s h police said five armed Turks abducted the air- men early todav as they pa- trolled 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 Ameri- cans. The terrorists set s 36-hour deadline expiring at 6 p.m. Fri- day Ankara time. The statement was from a group calling itself the Turkish People's Liberation Army. The group demanded the message read on radio and published by the news agency. It called on Turks to revolt against the country's conservative govern- ment and its membership in Ihe North Atlantic Treaty Organiza- tion, "The wrong ivay1 yacht, sighted HOBART. Tasmania (Renter) Ijone British sailor Cliay Blytli, saihng around the world "die wrong way" in his yacht British Steel, was sighted Wednesday 173 mites south-east of Tasmania. BIyth, making his trip from East to West against winds and cunents, said by radio thai ho was passing Tas- mania two dajs later than scheduled. 'Sir! I think we've taken another hill.' Runaway train jumps tracks TOKYO (Renter) A runa- way train packed with commut- e r s and brakes damaged after hitting a truck on a level crossing- jumped the rails and overturned near here today, killing 12 per- sons and injuring 73 others. TORONTO (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau told a glittering audience of party faithful Wednesday tliat his government is moving qmcklv to remoxe discrimination facing women "in all fields of Canadian inc." The prime minister, in a 40-mmute 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 recommenda- tions of the royal commission on the status of women are being examined as quickly as possible and the results would be relaved to the cabinet for action. DEMONSTR YTORS CHANT He said the remaining bar- riers to full participation of women in the Canadian com- munity must be i ed These barriers, he said, had be.en 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 S125.000 for the party, moved along without interrup- tion, 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 obvious criticism of the a plate charged by the party to hear Mr. Trudeau. Police charged into ths crowd outside 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 insids the prime minister told dinner guests cordoned off by police of- ficers and security guards that Canadian society should give women a more meaningful rols. At one point he was greeted by guffaws from the men in his audience xvhen he suggested that maybe they should stay at home and look after the kids. "Certain skills are required in -tie raising of children, certain functions demand to be per- 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-min- ute 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 im- mense value and yet which are often under-utilized. "Until we change these cir- cumstances, we are denying to our society benefits which we can ill afford to lose." Police probe death MONTREAL (CP) An au- topsy 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 provin- cial homicide squad said a man 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 com- munity 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 heaet with a shotgun. Johette police said two other persons who were hi 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, Made- leine. 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 e m b e r 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 conspir- acy against him was quashed in February. Curling title race thrown wide open QUEBEC (CP) Bill Totley of Northern Ontario and unhei- alded Paul Bordoge of New Brunswick threw the Canadian curling champ.onship wide open in today's seventh round as they defeated favored Manitoba and British Columbia reMX'cUvely. Tctley's Thunder Bay rink- handed Canadian and world champion Don Duguid of Winni- peg his first setback of the cur- rent title race with a narrow 7-6 margin. The result left both the Tetley and Manitoba rinks tied with 5-1 records. BordaRe's foursome edged past B C 's Keun (Dufcc) Smala by a Mimlar narrow margin, winning 8-7. The loss moved Smalc