DRUGS: The French Connection

The story line was the stuff of thrillers: $12 million worth of pure heroin, a former French spy turned smuggler, a conspiracy that reached from Paris to Le Havre to New York—all masterminded, American officials charged, by a top administrator in France's espionage organization, a man so mysterious that few knew his real name. The case was clearly reminiscent of the current film hit, The French Connection. But the federal indictments handed down last week in Newark concerned an affair as real as the one that inspired the film. It was an international smuggling scandal that, U.S. authorities allege,...

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