MS Fr 614
Marseille heroin trafficking collection, circa 1963-1973: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Fr 614
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Marseille heroin trafficking collection
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French and English.
Abstract: Notes and photographs concerning heroin-related deaths, heroin labs, and drug trafficking
in the French Riviera.
2012M-70. Deposit, Julio Santo Domingo III ; received: 2012 April.
Forms part of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.
Processed by: Susan Wyssen
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Marseille Heroin Trafficking Collection, circa 1963-1975 (MS Fr 614). Houghton Library,
The port of Marseille (France) was used for smuggling heroin from Turkey to the United
States and Canada. Labs to convert impure morphine to heroin were established in villas
in and around Marseille. Heroin trafficking in this area reached its peak in the late
1960s and 1970s. Drugs hidden in shipments of other material, such as cotton bales
or goat skins, were often seized at the port by local authorities, sometimes with
the help of the various United States-sponsored bureaus that in 1973 were combined
to become the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In the summer of 1969, a group of young people in Bandol, near Marseille, began shooting
heroin acquired from dealers in Marseille. By the end of the summer, two had died--Martine
Antonelli from a mismanaged injection and Jean Claude Lamoureux from a heroin overdose.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Gérard Oriol material
- II. Photographs
- III. Clippings
- IV. Ephemera
The collection contains notes and photographs by Gérard Oriol concerning the incidents
leading to the deaths of Martine Antonelli and Jean Claude Lamoureux and drug trafficking
in Marseille, clippings concerning the same, other photographs of drug use and trafficking
in Marseille, and printed ephemera concerning drugs, drug abuse, and trafficking in
France and elsewhere.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Series: I. Gérard Oriol material
- (1). Oriol, Gérard. Notes concerning drug-related deaths in Bandol: typescript, circa 1969. 1 folders
Includes interview notes with a police officer and "Nadine" (one of the drug-users), a timeline, and general notes about the heroin-related
deaths of Martine Antonelli and Jean Claude Lamoureux.
- (3). Oriol, Gérard. Photographs of drugs seizures in Marseille, circa 1969. 5 items in 1 folder.
Photographs include manuscript annotation on verso and a copyright stamp of Gérard
- Series: II. Photographs
- (5). United States. Bureau of Narcotics. Heroin lab in Marseille : photographs, 1969. 4 items in 1 folder.
Photographs include manuscript annotation on verso and a manuscript copyright mark
reading "Narcotic Bureau".
- (6). Heroin lab, probably in Marseille : photographs, undated. 7 items in 1 folder.
"Gratuit" stamped in red on verso.
- (7a). Agence France-presse. Marseille trafickers : photographs, 1975 and 1982. 4 items in 1 folder
Agence France-presse and Associated Press photographs of men convicted of or suspected
of traficking in the Marseille heroin trade, including Jean Baptiste Colonna, Armand
Cherchi, Jean Hamalian, Vincent Colonna, Urbain Giaume, Joseph Patrizi, and Marcel
Some photographs include typescript notes on separate leaves, attached, or printed
on the photograph.
- Series: III. Clippings
- (8). Le nouvel observateur: clippings,1969 September 8. 1 folders
Articles from a special "drugs" section of Le nouvel observateur. One of the articles concerns the heroin-related deaths in Bandol.
- (9). Drug trafficking in France : clippings,1972 and undated. 1 folders
- Series: IV. Ephemera
- (10). United States. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Notes documentaires / Bureau des Stupéfiants et des Drogues Nuisibles Ministère de la Justice des Etats-Unis
: printed booklet, 1971. 1 folders
Contains articles on drug trafficking, use, and prevention.
- (12). Drug booklets, 1972, 1973, and undated. 1 folders
Includes: Drugs of abuse, Drug abuse and misuse, and La drogue.