Serial 959

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
COMMUNICATION MESSAGE FORM

DATE: 12/8/78
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLAS
PRECEDENCE: IMMEDIATE

FM DIRECTOR, FBI
TO drug enforcement administration
BT
UNCLAS
INFORMATION CONCERNING THE IMPORTATION OF NARCOTICS INTO GEORGETOWN, AND JONESTOWN, GUYANA, ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLES TEMPLE CHURCH

The FBI has received information from an individual employed by the news media who wishes his identity protected, that a man we have identified as [name and address deleted], Westchester County, New York, may have been the source of cyanide poison used in the “suicide” incident at Jonestown, Guyana. Prior to interview of [name deleted], our files were reviewed. It was determined that [3 names deleted], were involved in the questionable sale of drugs to Georgetown, Guyana, hospital facilities under fraudulent circumstances in early 1970’s. It was alleged that the

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drugs were purchased for legitimate export to Guyana, however, majority of drugs diverted for domestic use through utilization of Guyana medical officials who signed documents verifying the use of these drugs in Guyana. [Name deleted] was not indicted and prosecution of other subjects dismissed by U.S. District Judge.

On December 7, 1978, a second individual representing the news media who wishes his identity protected, advised the FBI that certain returnees from Guyana have made statements to the press that drugs in Guyana came from Westchester County, New York and that a yacht named Valhalla was alleged to be used to transport drugs to Guyana. The source opined that the yacht may have some connection with Valhalla, New York, a Westchester County, New York, community.

Above furnished for your information. An interview of [name deleted] will be conducted by the FBI.

BT

Originally posted on August 9th, 2019.

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