In the memorable Five Families negotiation scene of The Godfather (1972), Detroit boss Joseph Zaluchi (Louis Guss) makes no secret of his scruples with respect the emerging illegal narcotics racket.
I also don’t believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn’t do that kind of business. Somebody comes to them and says, “I have powders; if you put up three, four thousand dollar investment – we can make fifty thousand distributing.” So they can’t resist. I want to control it as a business, to keep it respectable. I don’t want it near schools – I don’t want it sold to children! That’s an infamia. In my city, we would keep the traffic in the dark people – the colored. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.
At one time, heroin addiction was more of a black problem than a white one. NotesThe…
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