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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta cr to clear Lond LONDON (Rcutcr) Demolition men have moved in to clear London's only the frozen remains of a vast underground cold storage depot in the heart of the city. The depot is right underneath the busy Blackfriars railway station. One mistake by engineers hi charge of demolition could send the station crashing down. Beneath the depot the ground is frozen solid to a depth of more than 30 feet. Inside the 35 individual storage chambers ice has been piling up to a depth of two feet for the last 80 years. It is a cold and dangerous job for the demolition move in on iceberg who work in gas-masks to prevent inhaling ammonia. If they melt the ice too quickly the foundations of the station will collapse, so the job will be spread out over a year. A British Rail spokesman said: "Simply to shut off the two giant motors that freeze the plant would bring about a rapid defreeze, resulting in the immediate collapse of the station." Drug f lo Bv STEPHEN SCOTT UNITED NATIONS (CP) -Canada has lold a UN commission that the illicit drug traffic within her borders has assumed an alarming proportion in recent years. It added at a meeting of the commission on narcotic drugs that Uie drug inflow into Canada has increased despite aU possible vigilance. Tlie statements were made by R. D. Auger, Canadian delegate on the commission which is meeting in Geneva. UN reports of the meeting were made available here. Auger also said it is obvious that an effort should be made to control the supply of illicit drugs. The Canadian interjection was cue cf many made at the two-day meeting which showed the worldwide scope of the illicit drug problem and indicated what a number of countries are doing about for instance in Cam execution by Iran of more than 100 traffickers. A spokesman for Interpol, the international police organization, told the meeting that there must be co-ordination of antidrug activities on a worldwide level. He said the drug traffic was such that 35 per cent of all information on criminal activities received by Interpol concerned drugs. Last year the agency circulated more than identities of traffickers to countries. PROBLEM PUBLICIXED Statements of drug abuse and drug trafficking were not limited to North whose problem probably is the most publicized in the world. Speakers told of amphetamines from Italy reaching as far north as Sweden and as far south as central Africa. The In-terpc'l spokesman said that 54 million tablets of amphetamines were discovered in Nigeria in three assun An American spokesman stowed that his country's problem is enormous. He said despite stringent law enforcement measures and a considerable number of drug seizures, the illicit traffic is growing at an accelerated pace. He said the flow of heroin into the U.S. increased to kilograms in 1970 from in 1065. Recent seizures have indicated a trend of alarming pro-portinos. In the 12 months before July, 1971, there were two seizures by U.S. authorities totalling 154 kilograms of heroin. But in Jast August alone 341 kilograms were seized and in September 178 kilograms. In 1969 54 kilograms of cocaine were seized. This year the figure already was 247.7 kilograms. A kilogram equals 2.205 pounds. He said that the increased figures might indicate more effective police work, but they also indicate a larger traffic. CHANGE IN PRACTICES There had been a change in smuggling practices from small quantities carried by individuals to large bulk shipments involving cars and private planes used by organized criminal enterprises. The U.S. was alarir manpower than ever before in Uie fight against drug traffic. The picture that emerged from the speeches was one of growing of drugs as far away as the Indian subcontinent and findings Its way through processing factories in France to Europe and North America. France, which for years showed little concern over drugs, most of which passed over its borders on Uie way to some other country, admitted at the meeting that it now has become a consumer country and that it is cracking down harder than before. It admitted that morphine from .Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa is processed in the Marseilles area before being shipped to Canada and the United States. MORE CO-OPERATION It said that there is improved co-operation with Canadian and American authorities and those of France. A spokesman for the Pan-Arab Bureau of Narcotics said Lebanon was once considered the principle sources of illicit drugs. But now hashish from Afghanistan and Pakistan had started to flow into the Middle East and some of it found its wav to North America. He called for prop Kelp so that Lebanon could initiate a 'green plan" under whicli Ihe government could subsidize farmers switching from growing drug producing plants to other crops. Lebanon inserted a rather pathetic note. It said that since its hashish is regarded as the best in the world, all traffickers arrested claim that their drugs had originated in Lebanon. The delegate said thsi is the reason why Lebanon was supposed lo be the main source of hashish in the illegal market. The Iranian delegate said that while the illicit drug traffic remains disquieting he feels the fact that the death penalty awaits traffickers will bring about a reduction. Iran had executed at least 100 traffickers so far. SOME PROVIDE SEEDS Mexico said lhat drug traffickers have initiated the cultivation of narcotic plants in remote mountain rgeions. They even went so far as lo provide seeds to local Mexican farmers and to make advance payments on future crops. The British delegate said the world is facing highly organized, skilful and intelligent individuals involving in illicit drug traffic and taking advantage of every technological break through. He said it is h gh time .0 enhance the efficiency of law enforcement agencies to training and communications. But the last word went to the Soviet delegate. Illicit drugs are not a problem in his country, he said. A good border guard could cope with the situation. The drug problem arises out of social conditions, he said. In a society where there was pornography and hippies there was drug abuse. When people did not have much hope for their future they needed drugs. In the Soviet Union the people had a secure future, the youth had scholarships, people had jobs and there were no hippies there was no drug POLISH GROUP WINNIPEG Borczowski of Toronto was elected president of the Polish Canadian Youth Commission at the group's convention here. JENSEN, Dwight Business City Council INSERTED BY THE JENSEN CAMPAIGN Pollution pressure groups in TORONTO (CP) A Cana- dian professor says industrial- ists should co-operate to counter the growing power of citizen ac- tion groups on pollution prob- lems. Dr. J. D. Norman, associate professor of chemical engineer- ing at McMaster University, Hamilton, told a meeting of in- ternational steelmakers Tues- day that industry is surrounded by an ecological triangle. One side represents the eco- nomic pressure of doing busi- ness. A second represents the regulatory bodies concerned with protection of the environ- Manson aide guilty LOS ANGELES (AP) Charles (Tex) Watson, who cooly testified that on Charles Hanson's orders he shot or stabbed six of the Tate-La- Bianca slaying victims, was convicted Tuesday of seven counts of first-degree murder and one of conspiracy to comr mit murder. He was the last of four de- fendants to be convicted in the slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others in August, 1969. Manson, 36, and three fmeale co-defendants already have been convicted and sentenced to death. Watson, a lanky 25-year-old former Texas honor student, was described at his trial as the chief lieutenant in Manson's hip- pic style clan and leader of groups that on two nights in Au- gust, 1969, savagely killed the beautiful actress and the others. The six-man, six-woman jury that convicted Watson began its deliberations five days earlier on Oct. 7. The trial began Aug. 2. He pleased not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He thus faces a sanity trial and, ruled sane, a Wai to determine whether the penally should be life imprisonment or death. The trials would be conducted by the same jury that convicted him. Watson fought extradition from his native Texas for so long htat the others were tried in June, 1970, without him. After being returned here he was ruled insane, then later pro- nounced fit for trial. The state argued that he feigned insanity. The defence said he became mentally de- ranged from overuse of hallu- cinogenic drugs such as LSD and became a "robot" con- trolled by a dominating Manson. ment. The third represents the aclion groups or the "prophets of doom." "It is my he lold Uie International Iron and Steel Institute, "lhat Ihe force with which large industries should be presently more concerned is that of Uie pressure group." "This side of the triangle rep- resents the most potent side and the one which should deserve the greatest attention." REGARDED AS VILLAIN An overpowering factor was that industry is cast in the role of villain by regulatory bodies and politicians and this plays directly into Ihe hands of the action groups whether the case is real or not." He said industry may be forced by environmental vigi- lantes to take action, unless it first launches its own counterac- tion. Industry should band together to fight the radicals as a group of industries, rather than as in- dividual companies. "I think many industries are afraid of being accused and therefore do not defend them- selves properly." Information on pollution con- trol and its costs should he maintained by an industry as a whole. 'It should then be possible to come clean with facts, particu- larly those with respect to envi- ronmental effects, and have these data combined with hard dollar figures on economic reali- ties." Environmental control was of "direct and desperate concern to the survival of many of the industries and economies of var- ious countries." "Many of the more serious problems are either economic or emotional, rather than tech- nical in nature. "Therefore, the end solution lies in negotiation, action and data gathering rather than in lack of money or technology." Bank workers plead guilty SUMMERS1DE, P.E.I. Two young accountants pleaded guiliy Tuesday lo theft of over S50 from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce branch here. Archibald MacLeod, 28, and William MacDonald, 29, both of Summerside, were released on bail each afler they en- tered their pica in magistrate's court. They will appear again Fri- day when the Crown and de- fence present arguments. They will be sentenced Oct. 19. The two men surrendered to police here last week. They had been sought since Sept. 9 after Ihe theft of from the bank. Authorities say most of the money has been recovered. It was the biggest Ihcfl in Prince Edward Island history. Alberta's fire prevention campaign labelled disaster EDMONTON (CV-) Fire Prevention Week ill Alberta was a provincial fire commissioner A .E. Bridges said here. Three large fires out of a total of 58, two deaths by fire and total damage of combined to make the week of Oct. S lu 9 "one of the worst" for fires so far Ihis year, the commissioner said. There were 41 fires the week before fire prevention week, to- la! damage of and no I Slsn.OM five in deaths. in Edmonton During last year's fire prc- tolal damngL of and no deaths of injuries. Mr. Bridges termed it "dis- aslrous" lhat there should be a higher than average loss of life and property through fires dur- ing a week when the public is supposed lo be especially con- scious of fire dangers. 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