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French Nightclub Owner Guilty in NYC Heroin Case

May 28, 1963 - Francois Paul Scaglia (pictured right with an NYC police detective after his 1962 arrest), a 35-year-old French nightclub owner, was found guilty in the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn today of possessing $3.5 million worth of heroin. The jury took less than an hour to reach a verdict. The Frenchman was also convicted of attempting to sell the heroin and of conspiring to violate the state narcotic law. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. No date for sentencing has been set. Scaglia’s co-defendant, Jacques D. Angelvin, a 49-year-old Parisian television performer, had pleaded guilty on May 22 to a charge of conspiring to violate the state narcotics law. He is in jail awaiting sentence. He could receive a sentence of three-and-a-half to seven years. Scaglia and Angelvin were arrested January 18, 1962. In February 1962, Joseph Fuca, 61, and his 31-year-old son, Pasquale, both of Brooklyn, were taken into custody on similar charges. Assistant District Attorney Robert F. Walsh said that almost 24 pounds of heroin had been found in Joseph Fuca’s home. Mr. Walsh said the heroin had been smuggled into the country in Angelvin’s automobile on a trans-Atlantic liner. The two Brooklyn men, who were indicted with the Frenchmen, will be tried later.


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