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72,450.  In 2008 the focus shifted to another commodity: heroin produced in Mexico.  (Drugs & Mexico & Gangs: Mexico & Heroin)  This World: Secrets of Mexico's Drug War, BBC 2015

 

 

94,808.  The Dominican Republic is a major transit point for heroin and cocaine.  From here it is smuggled into the United States.  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York)  Narco Wars: The Mob s2e1: The Heroin Don, National Geographic 2022

 

45,213.  In 2016 almost a million Americans used heroin.  Double the number of users in the 1970s.  They’re supplying a mass market created in the 1950s by one of the most powerful crime syndicates in thee world: the American Mafia.  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York & Smuggling)  ibid.  

 

125,132.  Carmine Galante was far and away the biggest heroin kingpin in the world.  He developed a whole system of smuggling tons of heroin into the country.  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York & Smuggling)  ibid.  

 

60,014.  Carmine Galante is a trusted member of one of the most brutal Mafia families in New York: the Bonanno Family.  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York & Smuggling)  ibid.  

 

125,184.  Galante is on the brink of transforming the North American heroin trade.  But in 1962 his plans are thwarted.  He’s sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for drug offences.  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York & Smuggling)  ibid.  

 

125,185.  In 1974 there are 460,000 heroin addicts in the US.  Almost half are in New York.  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York & Smuggling & Addiction)  ibid.  

 

125,194.  ‘They had to make an example of Galante.  It was a daylight assassination to send a message that we are the ones who rule, the rules are not to be broken.’  (Gangs US: New York & Mafia US: New York & Heroin & New York & Smuggling & Addiction)  ibid.  

 

 

19,493.  [jaunty music] Liverpool.  A world city at the heart of the new county of Merseyside.  It’s a city full of contrasts.  A kaleidoscope of contradictions …  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  Liverpool Narcos I: Heroin, public information film, Sky Documentaries 2021 

 

54,758.  We don’t class ourselves as being English: we’re the People’s Republic of Liverpool [laughs].   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  old lady in greenhouse

 

54,788.  We have a degree of accepted lawlessness here.  It’s like Cowboys and Indians.  They don’t follow the rules ‘’cause they’re outlaws … the epicentre of drugs … Welcome to Liverpool.   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  comments

 

54,795.  What was it about Liverpool that made it such a big player in thee drug trade?  The docks?   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  Michael Showers, the boss  

 

54,798.  The hard part was getting it off [ship].  Customs were very very alert in Liverpool.  Our firm had people who had relatives in senior positions.  And that was it.  It was just a matter of choosing the right time for them to take it off.  Then pass it over to our sales division.  And our sales division did their work.  And then when I came home, just counted the money.   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.      

 

54,807.  Pleading guilty at 15 to something I hadn’t done was my greatest regret.  My greatest regret.  Because that started it all.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.      

 

54,814.  In the ’80s a number of things conspired to bring brown smoke-able heroin to Liverpool … 47% of black workers unemployed, 43% of white workers [news clip] … No opportunities whatsoever … Young people weren’t of any value to society, or so they felt.  And then of course we had the Toxteth riots in ’81 … A visitor from the US came I n the 80s and said, This is like Beirut.  This is like bombed-out shell, a husk of a city and a number of other things …  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Unemployment & Addiction & Great Britain & Riots & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Imports)  ibid.  comments

 

54,815.  The game-changer was a cheap, high-grade smoking heroin became available.  It was from Pakistan.  And I’ve got Pakistani family.  So I immediately kind of seized the opportunity to capitalize on that.  Yeah.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Pakistan & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Imports)  ibid.    

 

54,818.  Samples: if you went to source in Pershawa, you can buy a kilo over there for £2,500, 3K.  Yeah, and that would be 80-90%.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Pakistan & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Imports)  ibid.  

 

54,822.  It was like total destruction.  It spread like cancer.    Straightening out your foil, putting in your little bit of powder, at the corner where you wanted it.  Getting a little pleat in your foil.  Tilting it was little bit.  Your flame underneath the powder.  And then inhaling.  Everything seemed to slow down a bit.  You feel comfortably numb.  No more worries, no stress, nuttin’, just comfy.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Miscarriages of Justice & Smoking & Addiction & Great Britain & & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Imports)  ibid.  Billy Moore   

 

54,832.  It was an epidemic that happened in this city.  You know this city was flooded with narcotics.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Miscarriages of Justice & Epidemic & Addiction & & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Epidemic & Imports)  ibid.  

 

140,122.  Everyone’s on heroin?  How the hell did that happen?  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Miscarriages of Justice & Epidemic & Addiction & & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  

 

140,123.  Operation Rainman surveillance … Suddenly, these guys were doing seriously well.  And flaunting it.  And that kind of rankled with us.  So we kind of took that personal.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Surveillance & Miscarriages of Justice & Epidemic & Addiction & Great Britain & Gangs: UK & Import)  ibid.  rozzers  

 

140,124.  This was the early ‘80s.  You drove round in a white Rolls Royce?  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Surveillance & Miscarriages of Justice & Epidemic & Addiction & Great Britain & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  rozzers to Showers  

 

140,125.  So in 1983 the police tried to prosecute Michael Showers for the second time in short succession.  On this occasion is was for possession of a fire-arm, cannabis, and heroin.  The case collapsed in court.  And Michael Showers to this day maintains that the case was never legitimate against him.  In effect he was fitted up.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Surveillance & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid. 

 

140,126.  British Customs subsequently bring the heroin into the UK.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.    

 

54,843.  Rozzer: You were convicted of smuggling heroin?  

 

Showers: Yes, convicted on fabricated evidence by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  

 

54,848.  And he was sentenced to twenty years in prison.  Which for that amount of drugs was extraordinary … The system wanted to make an example of him …  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.  

 

54,850.  In 1991 Michael went to prison for 20 years.  He served 10.  Then in 2010 he was arrested in Turkey and charged with intent to supply heroin internationally.  He denied the charges but was sentenced to 10 years in a Turkish prison.  He returned home to Liverpool in 2016.    (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Imports)  ibid.