DRUGS: Now the Dutch Connection

Actor Gene Hackman and a crew of narcotics agents and drug pushers out of Central Casting are currently in Marseille filming The French Connection II, a sequel to the award-winning 1971 dope flick. But as any real narc could tell them, this time they have the wrong location. For the moment at least, the French connection has been largely broken, along with the heroin-processing laboratories on the Cote d'Azur and the Corsican drug rings that ran them. The new center for the European heroin trade is, of all places, the jewel-box city of Amsterdam.

The Dutch metropolis has long had...

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