Sunday, November 30, 2014

Former Member of 'French Connection' Heroin Ring Awaits Sentencing For 2012 Bust offers a piece on a drug dealer who has ties back to the 'French Connection' case covered in Robin Moore's true crime book and the film with Gene Hackman.

Alfred Catino's criminal record is a colorful history of drug dealing and prison sentences dating back to the 1960s, when federal authorities say he was part of the French Connection heroin smuggling ring that spawned an Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Catino's illicit career took him from the streets of the Bronx in New York City to France to Connecticut's Gold Coast, where he soon will be sentenced for his role in yet another drug operation.

Law enforcement officials had no idea about Catino's history when they arrested him, said Brian Boyle, an assistant special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Once we ran some checks on him, it was surprising," Boyle said. "He had some connections a while back to the French Connection case, and then he surfaces here."

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