The Nation: Horse Thievery

It was perhaps the most humiliating incident in the history of the nation's largest police department. First, New York City Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy announced that 57 lbs. of confiscated heroin was missing from the property-storage room. The next day it developed that an additional 24 Ibs. had disappeared. Estimated illicit retail value: $15 million or more. The cache constituted the bulk of the heroin seized in the 1962 case upon which the film The French Connection was based.

All signs pointed to an inside job.

A recent lab analysis of the vault's contents showed that much of the heroin had been replaced...

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