Daily News from New York, New York on June 27, 1968 · 16
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Daily News from New York, New York · 16

New York, New York
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Thursday, June 27, 1968
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00 o w p -s O P a 'Agents Seize Meroin Worth Record 22M liy EDWARD KIRKMAN and HENRY LEE Almost 250 pounds of pure heroin worth $22.4 million the largest single seizure in the nation's history has, been confiscated here in a sporty Citroen convertible decked out like a gadget car in a James Bond movie, federal authorities disclosed vester- i Additionally, envelopes day. Wagner Sworn as Ambassador Henry L. Giordano, associate director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, said the seizure of 112 kilos repre- were taped under the hollowed-out fenders and beneath the iront and rear seats of the car. The ear was stuffed with heroin in Marseille, the operatives learned, and taken to Le Havre sented a "0-day supply for each for pwnt to New York aboard of the estimated 60,000 heroin ad dicts in the country. The 1962 metallic gray custom-made car was seized along with an employe of the French Line here two months ago, but the announcement was withheld while the French Surete continued its investigation into the dope ring that extended all the way to the r-.tw heroin sources in the Middle Fast. The Surete's Central Bureau tit Narcotics Repression rounded up four Frenchmen in the last two days. U.S. Attorney General Ramsey ("lark. Giordano, and George p.elk. local director of the Fed-t ral Narcotics Bureau, gave this account: Work Together Early in April, the feds got 'Aiiid of a ring that was bringing i ; the .S. r ranee. I When the liner arrived here at : Pier 8S. North River and 44th St. on April 25, narcotics agents i in various disguises were swarm ing all over the area. The feds left it undisturbed for several days, but the French citizen to whom it was supposedly consigned never showed up. Ben-venuto, who lives at 128 E. 80th St., was seized and charged with conspiracy to violate the U.S. narcotics laws. AVill Face Grand Jury According to - Immigration records, he was born Nov. 11, 11'04. at Bizerte, Tunisia, and came here in 1!)20. He has been a citizen since 1931. Benvenuto was later released pending grand jury action. A w heroin from the .Middle East he'?rin5 for him is scheduled for to refining laboratories in the south of France. Then the ring would p'.ant the drug in autos which were shipped to the U.S. from Marseille or Le Havre. Thirty French narcotics agents Julv 26 According to the Justice Department, the four Frenchmen under arrest in France were Jacques Bousquet, 55; Andre Mali-bert, 3!); Rene Guigi, 47, and and 30" U.S. operatives worked I r'aul Mestressat, 46. ugether to trace one shipment the f-ntire route. 1 hey learned that 224 packets, each containing one-half kilo of the pure drug, were l:eing concealed in the Citroen. The car's large gasoline tank had been removed so the g'.assine envelopes could be secreted there. The previous record haul of heroin was 102 kilos seized here in lt'60. Mauricio Rosal, who had been Guatemalan ambassador to the Netherlands and Belgium, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in that case. He is in Atlanta penitentiary. Throe Token Assisrances The Metropolitan Transportation Authority made three announcements yesterday that promised to offer some light at the tnd of the tunnel for harried straphangers. First, William J. Ronan, head of the transit superagency, promised to-make "every conceivable effort' to retain the 20-cent fare this year. Ronan said he expected the Legislature to approve a bill allowing the transfer of surplus Triborough Bridge Authority funds to MTA coffers. Eonan said also that all cars bought by the MTA in the future would be air-conditioned. Lastly, MTA officials disclosed that digging of the much-needed Second Ave. subway line would begin "within the next six months." PRE-MOUHJAY 77 oaau OF THIS SEASONS STYLES & COLORS REG. TO 8.99 EXCITING FOOTWEAR Stores Throughout N.Y. & NJ. Many Open Evenings By DAVID BREASTED Washington, June 26 (News Bureau) Former Mayor Robert Wagner, surrounded by members of his family and old associates from New York, was sworn in today as U.S. ambassador to Spain. At a ceremony at the State Department, Wagner raised his right hand and took the oath of office from Protocol Chief Angier Biddle Duke. Earlier, Wagner paid a 20-minute call on President Johnson, '"with whom he said he talked about his new post in Madrid, i and a little bit about politics. - "I'm used to working," said i Wagner, who is assuming a key diplomatic assignment. The U.S. has a heavy military commitment in Spain, and strategic air and naval bases. Wagner, 58, was sworn in at the State Department's eighth-floor diplomatic reception room. Looking on were his wife, Barbara, and sons Robert F. Jr., 24, and Duncan, 21. Undersecretary Nicholas Katz- enbni'b welcomed AVflfner trt iho Foreign Service as a man experienced in governing "the rather ungovernable city of New York." Among the audience was Ambassador W. AvereM Harrimnn, back for consultations from the Paris peace talks; Housing' Secretary Robert Weaver, a former New Yorker; Welfare Secretary Wilbur Cohen; Undersecretary of Commerce Howard W. Samuels, and Ren. John Rooney (D-N.Y.) The Wagners and friends were treated to lunch by Undersecretary of State Eugene Rostow. Count Matino's moc-gone-mod weaves a little fashion fun SALE 10.99 Something for tlie sporting lite .. . a little shoe handcrafted" in Italy with loving care, with that famous Count Matino flair. Soft, supple buffalo leather. Toes-on-the-soft-square. Heels comfortably stacked. Style J LI 5. Sizes 7-10AA, 5-10?, 5'S-S'2C. Come, write, phone. Mis Manhattan Shop, Sixth Floor, Macy's Herald" Square, and a selection at the Macy's near yon. Dept. 264.

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