The French Connection
CJ 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice
October 14, 2010
The French Connection
New York City Cops
The NYPD is one of the finest law enforcements when it comes to containing drugs, except one, heroin. The business of drugs exponentially grows to new heights every year. Around the early 70’s, heroine was being brought over to the united states at very high rates. New York City was a famous shipping ground for heroine, which made times tough for the law enforcement.
At one point in history a person could find all sorts of dirty businesses in New York, whether it’s pimping, selling drugs or other malicious crimes. There are many famous mobsters that contributed to the drug business in New York, from Al Capone to Frank Lucas. But every time the law enforcement would crack them down and bring justice back to NY. The French Connection is a great example of the New York City law enforcement bringing down the heads of the drug industry. The story finds a tough New York City cop named Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle and his partner detective Salvatore “Buddy” Russo in the middle of trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming in from France. They begin to tail the suspects which are two French nationals and basically the link to these heroin shipments. Popeye and Buddy keep on digging to find out more evidence and details that would lead them to the mobsters bringing in the drugs. They eventually do find them and a showdown between the police and the mobsters occur.
Mentality of a New York City Cop
Viewers get an inside view on how mobsters deal these drugs out as well. Any drug dealer tries to find a creative way to stash or smuggle his drugs. Around the 70’s and 80’s it was easier for these mobsters to hide the drugs in areas the police would never suspect to look. In the process of finding a drugs the detective would put himself in the shoes of a dealer and ask himself questions such as 1. Where is...
References: The Internet Movie Database. The French Connection Plot Summary
Drug Policy. An Overview of Heroin Trends in New York City: Past, present and future
The Jersey Journal. West New York Police say man, 31, sold heroin to undercover cops six times during surveillance period before arrest (2010, September 28)
The Jersey Journal[Online]
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