Serial 2172

P 101815Z MAY 79
FM MEXICO CITY 89-25 (RUC)
TO DIRECTOR 89-4286 PRIORITY
BT
UNCLAS E F T O
RYMUR.

On May 10, 1979, Lt. Colonel Bruce Poitrast, Chief, Howard Air Force Base Clinic, Canal Zone, advised that he was probably the first doctor on the scene at Jonestown, Guyana, along with pathologist Len [Lynn] Crook, University of South Carolina Medical School, Charleston, South Carolina. Poitrast stated that he noted that Jonestown had a very well-stocked pharmacy that could easily have lasted for a period of two years for the population given at that time. He stated that he noted that mainly antibiotics and psychotropic drugs were in Jonestown and that the quantity of psychotropics was greater than would be necessary for that population. He explained that psychotropics are used in psychiatry. He stated that he and the others who arrived at Jonestown have been told not to touch anything and therefore, he has no knowledge of what happened to the drugs.

End page one

PAGE TWO MEX 89-25 UNCLAS EFTO

He believed that the Guyanese Defense Force took custody of the drugs.

Poitrast could not comment additionally regarding the drugs.

Administrative: Bureau requested to four above by teletype to SAC, San Francisco.

BT

Originally posted on November 7th, 2020.

Skip to main content