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French TV Star Admits Heroin Conspiracy

May 22, 1963 - Jacques D. Angelvin (right), a Parisian television performer, admitted in New York State Supreme Court today that he had conspired to bring $3.5 million worth of pure heroin into the country from France. After pleading guilty to violating the state narcotic law, Angelvin could receive from three-and-a-half to seven years in prison. No date for sentencing has been set. Angelvin had been on trial in the Supreme Court of Brooklyn since May 14. The trial of his co-defendant, Francois Scaglia, 36, owner of a Paris nightclub, will be continued. Joseph Fuca, 60, and his son, Pasquale Fuca, 30, of Brooklyn, who were indicted with the two Frenchmen, will be tried later. Angelvin and Scaglia had been in custody since January 1962, unable to raise $100,000 bail each. After their arrest by members of the NYPD’s narcotics squad, more than 23 pounds of heroin was seized in the basement of a Brooklyn home. Assistant D.A. Frank G. Baumann said that Angelvin and Scaglia had hidden the heroin in an automobile that Angelvin had brought to New York from Paris aboard a trans-Atlantic passenger liner in January 1962.

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