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Mob's heroin ring uncovered
NEW YORK (AP) - Thirty-one people were
charged yesterday in a $1.65 billion organized crime
heroin ring that officials said used mob-run pizza
parlors as a conduit for a massive drug importing
U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, who
came to New York to announce the charges, said it
was the most significant such case involving
organized crime that the federal government had
AT ONE END of the ring was an Italian figure in
the notorious "French Connection" drug cases, and
at the other,a reputed New York underboss for the
Carmine Galante crime family, officials said.
In between were Sicilian immigrants in the Mid-
western pizza parlors who helped funnel an estimated
1,650 pounds of heroin worth $1.65 billion over the past
Words such as "flour" or discussions about such
seemingly innocuous topics as cleaning the pizza
parlor tables were used as codes for the drug deals
managed by the parlor operators, officials said.
"THEY WERE the go-between," said Rudolph
Giuliani, the U.S. Attorney based in 'Manhattan,
where the criminal complaint against the defendants
Charges of conspiracy to violate federal drug laws
were lodged against 31 people. Eight defendants, in-
cluding the prime supplier in Italy and the reputed
Mafia underboss, Salvatore Catalano, also were
charged with conducting a criminal enterprise and
could face life imprisonment.
Up to 40 people may face charges in the thriving
drug operation, officials said.
"It is the most significant case involving heroin
trafficking by traditional organized crime that the
federal government has ever developed," Smith said.
OUTLINED by Smith, Giuliani and FBI Director
William Webster, the ring was a sweeping operation
that laundered tens of millions of dollars in drug
proceeds through other countries.
From October 1980 to September 1982 alone, the
group sent more than $5 million in cash from New
York City to Bermuda, Switzerland and other coun-
tries, they said.
Proceeds from the illicit operation enabled some of
the defendants to open huge accounts at brokerage
houses, where they made sophisticated business in-
vestments, court papers said.
The prime heroin supplier was identified as Gaetano
Badalamenti of Sicily, Italy, said to have been a
major heroin trafficker since the French Connection
drug cases of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Until his arrest Sunday in Madrid, Badalamenti
had been a fugitive and "the most wanted man in
Italy," Giuliani said.
The officials declined to comment on how the
heroin was smuggled into the United States. But they
said Sicilians operating pizza shops in Illinois,
Michigan, Wisconsin and other states were at the
heart of the operation.
Nicholson wins Oscar
for supporting actor
(Continued from Page 1) "I remember a few years ago when a
"SUNDAE IN NEW YORK" was friend of mine, Arnold Shapiro, won for
voted best animated short film, and the documentary Scared Straight, said
"Boys and Girls" was best action short Haley. "He promised me if he won, he
film. would speak no more than 30 seconds.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts But when he got on stage, he talked and
and Sciences, whose members vote for talked. Two and a half minutes later I
the winners, reported that only three of grabbed him by the neck backstage.
the acting nominees sent regrets for the " 'But I only talked 30 seconds!' he
ceremonies: actor-playwright Sam insisted. That's the trouble: winners
Shepard, supporting-actor nominee for get carried away by the excitement of
"The Right Stuff;" Albert Finney, up the moment, and they lose all sense of
for best actor because of "The time."
Dresser;" and Tom Conti, nominee as The "Yent" songs were assigned to
best actor for "Reuben, Reuben." Jennifer Holliday for "The Way He
PRODUCER Jack Haley planned Makes Me Feel" and Donna Summer
what he hoped would be a fast-moving for "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" Mac
show. The customary extravaganza Davis was on hand to give the country
was abandoned, along with big produc- flavor to "Over You" from "Tender
tions for musical tributes. The set was Mercies."
designed to eliminate time-consuming "Herb Alpert was getting his Tijuana
walks to the podium. Brass together for a tour, and I asked
Halen admitted he was unable to con- him to do 'Maniac' from 'Flashdan-
trol acceptance speeches, which have ce,'" Haley reported. "It will be the
sometimes resembled filibusters, first time the Brass have played
especially in the minor categories. together in 15 years."
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Government admits procedures
may promote quality problems
WASHINGTON - The government is acknowledging for the first time that
its emphasis on independent inspections and mounds of paperwork may be
partly responsible for quality problems plaguing dozens of nuclear power
In a 496-page report expected to be sent to Congress later this week, the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission criticizes itself for failing screen utilities
on their management capability before giving them permits to build the
While repeating earlier assertions that many utilites with experience only
in building and operating coal-burning electric plants are incapable of
managing the myriad of complexities of nuclear power, Commissioner
Victor Gilinsky put the onus on the government.
"'These companies were encouraged to get into the nuclear business by the
government," he said in discussing the report. "And there was
disinclination to slow that down. That is the root of the problem here."
Senate debates deficit-cutting bill
WASHINGTON - The Senate began sifting through a 1,334-page bill with
hundreds of provisions designed to reduce the federal deficit by $63 billion
over the next three years.
The revenue-raising bills range from higher taxes on liquor, phone service
and diesel fuels to higher premiums for Medicare recipients.
"There is much more to be done on the deficit problem than what is
contained in this bill, including major savings in defense and non-defense
appropriated funds, said Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kan.), chairman of the
Finance Committee and chief author of the bill. "But this bill makes a very
good start, and start we must if we are to have a significant impact on the
deficit this year."
Sen. Howard Metzenbaum w(D-Ohio), noted the bill weighs 2 pounds 6
ounces and the the explanation is another 2 pounds, 2 ounces, "but in terms
of substance, this is not a very heavy document."
He said he found 33 new "loopholes" in the bill, but he failed, on a 64-18
vote, to eliminate one of them. That provision liberalizes the value of tax-
free, tax-deductible gifts that an employer may give to a worker as a reward
for long service, safety or productivity.
Attorneys argue Gauntlett case
LANSING - Attorneys on both sides told the Michigan Court of Appeals
yesterday convicted rapist Roger Gauntlett should not have to undergo
treatment with Depo-Provera, a drug said to diminish the sex drive.
But they differed sharply on what should be done with the Upjohn Co. heir.
The prosecution said Gauntlett should be resentenced while the defense said
he was validly sentenced to five years probation in the first place.
Gauntlett, 42, pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal sexual conduct
for molesting his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Robert, Borsos stirred nationwide
controversy by ordering him to undergo treatment with Depo-Provera as a
condition of probation.
The appeals court agreed to hear issues raised by the defense and the
prosecution. It has blocked the chemical treatment while considering the
It was not known when the court would rule.
Athletes threatened, Soviets say
MOSCOW - The Soviet Union accused President Reagan yesterday of
using the Olympics for political gain, charging there have been "slanderous
allegations" and "open threats" of violence against Soviet atheletes and
"The U.S. administration is trying to use the Olympic games on 'the eve of
the elections for its selfish political ends," said a statement from the Soviet
National Olympic Committee, carried by the official news agency Tass.
Moscow has not yet said whether it will participate in the summer games
in Los Angeles. : The United States and several other Western nations
boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics to protest the Soviet, invasion of
"President Reagan submitted to the International Olympic Committee
written guarantees of the U.S. government's respect for the traditions, rules
and provisions of the Olympic charter," the statement said.
Facts show, however, that these obligations and guarantees are not
respected in a number of major matters, the statement charged.
Beirut factions reach agreement
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A committee of Lebanon's rival factions agreed
yesterday to disengage their forces along the country's battle fronts at the
end of a day of sporadic fighting between Christian and Moslem militias.
Preceding the committee meeting at the prsidential palace in the suburb
of Baabda, a fierce two-hour clash erupted in Beirut with militiamen using
machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and Jeep-mounted cannons.
The Higher Political Committee, which approved a disengagement plan
worked out by a security subcommittee, made the decision in a meeting
chaired by President Amin Gemayel.
The committee was formed last month at national peace talks in
Lausanoe, Switzerland to work out long-range reforms for the country. But
its work has been hampered by the failure of a cease-fire to take hold.
The plan would separate forces along the "green line," a six-mile strip of
no man's land in Beirut where Moslem militiamen are grouped on one side
with Lebanese army units and Christian militiamen on the other.
Under the plan, a buffer force of up to 2,000 soldiers with French and
Lebanese observers would move into place in Beirut, and also along
confrontation lines in the mountains to the southeast.
Paper piles AP Photo
At a news conference yesterday, Michigan Gov. James Blanchard gestures
toward some of the state forms that will be eliminated under a new
paperwork reduction plan. Blanchard said state businesses will have 98,500
fewer pages of forms to complete yearly now.
Rash of arson leaves
South Quad officials worried
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residents at a special house meeting
last week. "I'm one of the last ones out
of this building and I don't want to burn,
so when that fire alarm sounds I want
Dormitory staff members are taking
extra precautions to ensure that
residents know the recent fire alarms
were the result of real fires, not just the
usual false alarms.
"THERE HAVE been so many fires
lately that students sometimes think
they don't have to evacuate because
they know the firethas already been put
out," said campus security official Joel
Susan Hoffman, another South Quad
RA, said she knew of one RA "who
actually had to pick up a mattress and
roll someone out of bed."
Housing officials who worked at the
University before 1980 say they are
nervous because the rash of fires so
closedly resembles a series of arsons in
East Quad that year which eventually
led to a major fire during exams.
The 1980 fire, which consumed a
whole hall of East Quad, was also
preceded by several trash can fires.
One of the small fires got out of control,
however, and destroyed the hall. No one
"The situation which allowed a trash
can fire to get out of hand and burn a
whole corridor in East Quad is so
similar to our situation that it's scary,"
said Mary Antieau, South Quad's
Friday's partial class boycott was
organized by the Student Rights
Coalition, an organization supported by
a number of student groups on campus.
The Daily incorrectly reported Satur-
day that it was sponsored by No Code.
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