DETROIT: Heroin Shooting War

To the Detroit police, the deaths are variations on a theme. Some of the victims have been executed, gangland style, shot either in the head or the back. Some have been kidnapped, tortured and beaten to death. Others died suffocated with pillows or with plastic bags over their heads. All had one thing in common: an affiliation with heroin.

The horrors of addiction have hit Detroit, once relatively heroin-free, with a force beyond the usual tragic toll of broken lives and deaths by overdose. Since last August, there has raged an all-out war for control of the booming $350 million...

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