NARCOTICS: The Global Connection

TO many Paraguayans, Auguste Joseph Ricord, a short, balding French Corsican with an avuncular manner, was merely the proprietor of the Paris-Nice motel and café near Paraguay's somnolent capital city of Asuncion. To various international law-enforcement agencies, however, Ricord was much better known as the owner of a string of aliases (Mr. André, Lucien Darguelles, "El Comandante") and a police record that includes a bust for theft in prewar Marseille, a 1950 French conviction as a "dangerous" wartime Gestapo agent, and links in more recent years with prostitution in Argentina and...