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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETMBRIDOE HERALD Octebw 31, 1974 Cocaine trade growing in Canada OTTAWA (CP) Police say major drug arrests in Vancouver Tuesday point to a relatively new and highly dan- gerous addition-cqcaine-to the Canadian drug scene. The undercover constable, whose investigations brought about the Vancouver arrests, purchased about Itt pounds of cocaine in the course of his five-month trip through the underworld. RCMP drug enforcement officials say cocaine has made some spectacular inroads in the drug trade and they are concerned. The drug finds its way from South America to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and is forwarded from there to the rest of Canada and sometimes the U.S. Police say it is difficult for a variety of reasons to measure the size of the cocaine trade. But it is new, dangerous end growing. MORE SEIZURES In 1971 police seized only two ounces of cocaine. In 1972 that jumped to 19 pounds. In 1973 the figure was 71 pounds and in the first nine months of this year iUs 62 pounds. Intelligence reports that po- lice receive all report growing interest in the drug in Canada. The drug is worrying to police for a number of reasons: Its abuse can lead to violence; it attracts users dis- satisfied with cannibus but afraid of heroin; it can lead to heroin addiction; it is Attracting international syndi- cates. Police say they estimate there are about to heroin addicts in Canada, ffi to 70 per cent of them in Van- couver. But they say that because cocaine is not physically ad- dicting and there is no painful withdrawal to drive addicts to hospitals where they can be seen, it's abuse is difficult to measure. The same thing applies to the use of cannibus. FRIGHTENING Police do have a pretty good idea what is happening to users of the drug and by all ac- counts it can be frightening. Generally cocaine is "snorted" up the nose, and that eventually can cause ac- tual rotting of the flesh of the nose. The Le Dain commission into the non-medical use of drugs said, among other things: "Severe paranoia and violence are not uncommon after long cocaine binges. Many observers attribute the classic popular picture of the 'crazed dope fiend' to the chronic user of the heroin user, as is often assumed." "It drives people says Insp. Gordon Tomalty of the RCMP drug enforcement office. Other authorities say that while cocaine is not physically addicting the effects can be devastating, ranging from nausea and malnutrition to paranoia, hypersensitivity, hallucinations and .body tremors. Because of the psy- chological depression that follows the period of what Le Dain calls "indescribable eu- phoria" resulting from a gram of often take several doses a day. A spoon costs about on the street, police say. Skim milk subsidies passed on OTTAWA (CP) Federal subsidies on skim milk powder are being passed on to consumers in practically all retail outlets. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said Wednesday in the Commons. Latest reports have found almost all retail outlets are passing the saving on to con- sumers, he told John Rodriguez Nickel Last week, the food prices review board reported that the 24-cerits-a-pound subsidy was not being reflected in retail stores. The discoveries were made in several urban centres during the board's regular milk monitoring inspections. During questioning by Mr. Rodriguez, Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet dis-. closed that Mr. Whelan was ready to withdraw the subsidy if reports had not indicated "the very great majority" of retail stores were passing on the saving. Another day ends Jeb Stuart Magruder is driven away from U.S. District Court in Washington Wednesday after he finished his second day of testimony in the Water- gate cover-up trial. Lost ashes not found OTTAWA (CP) Spending 90 cents for registration would have prevented the loss in the mail of a small chest of cremated remains, Postmaster General Bryce Mackasey said Wednesday. He was reporting to the Commons that the post office has not yet found the ashes of Michael Klochko of Grimsby, Ont, who died about two months ago. Mr. Klochko, 77, died in Grimsby and his ashes were mailed to Toronto, about 50 miles away, for burial beside his first wife. The ashes never did arrive at Toronto Prospect Cemetery. "The chest would have been safe and sound for the sake of another 90 Mr. Mackasey said. "That is why we have had registered mail for over 100 years." A spokesman for Mr. Mackasey said the undertaker in- volved should have spent the 90 cents to register the chest. Also, rules applying to shipment of remains advise that registered mail should be used. 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S. -Ism 327-2SZ2 committed Wednesday for trial on charges of plotting to murder a key witness in a fraud trial. Ronald Neil St. Germain, 30, an accountant from Canada, now in Brixton Jail here, is .accused of offering to James Stuart, 28, a salesman from Glasgow, who was to have murdered the witness. A second Canadian, George Jeremiah Duchart, a solicitor from Toronto, is accused of helping to plot the details of the killing and to organize a new life in Canada for Stuart St. Germain allegedly met Stuart in Brixton prison he was being held for trial on a bank fraud charge for an al- leged St. Germain, the prosecu- tion alleges, was a member of a Canadian crime syndicate and set up a contract to murder Frank Brockley, a company director who might have been a damaging witness in the fraud charge. Dr. Doiran Williams, the prosecuting attorney, said Brockley was to have been killed with an axe, thrown down a well and buried in lime. Supervisors get raise OTTAWA (CP) Some 100 St. Lawrence seaway super- visors signed their first collec- tive agreement with the Seaway authority Wednesday giving them a 20-per-cent wage increase over two years. The group, which includes electrical, mechanical and traffic superintendents, ship inspectors and transport and supply officers, are among the first managerial workers to become unionized onder the amended Canada Labor Code. Off! Women's Fall and Winter Coats and Jackets Regular 35.00 to 280.00 Out they go we're clearing out fall and winter coats and jackets at a 25% savings. An excellent selection to choose from (furs not Make your choice from wools, wools and acetates, corduroys, fur-like fabrics and leathers. Many with luxurious trims. Better be prompt while the selection is at its best. 26 25 to 210 00 Women's Coats, Mafn Floor E ATO N'S Shop Eaton's tonight (Thursday) and Friday to i for those coat vahios. Buy 329-8411. your Eaton Account for convoniont shopping. ;