Informed Sources: Oct. 18, 1993

Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?

Washington -- After investing $42 million to integrate a long-range air- tracking radar system into its C-130 aircraft to help detect drug smugglers, the U.S. COAST GUARD concluded that the plane's $2.5 million annual maintenance and operational costs weren't worth it. So it decided to offer the plane to the drug-interdiction program at the Pentagon, the main agency charged with air and maritime drug detection. But because the Pentagon decided that "we already have better equipment," the plane was transferred to the Air Force to carry cargo.

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