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MS Fr 614

Marseille heroin trafficking collection, circa 1963-1973: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Fr 614
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Marseille heroin trafficking collection
Date(s): 1963-1973
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2012M-70. Deposit, Julio Santo Domingo III ; received: 2012 April.
Forms part of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Susan Wyssen

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Marseille Heroin Trafficking Collection, circa 1963-1975 (MS Fr 614). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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Scope and Contents

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.

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