During this year, heroin was being smuggled in by Corsican gangsters from Marseille labs in France in cahoots with Mafia distributors as part of The French Connection. The first major French Connection case occurred in June of 1960. Awhile later, police intelligence showed that the Corsican traffickers were smuggling in 200 pounds (90 kg) every other week. Moreover, crime had escalated due to the increase in drug trafficking and peddling. Therefore, during this season, the NYPD was suspicious of my possible involvement as a user of heroin.
The purchase of heroin was made easy for the hundreds of thousands of junkies on New York City streets which exceeded the number of users nation wide. The following research article from The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine shows statistical data from 1950 through 1967:
First, data for 1,586 fatalities due to narcotism—mainly, chronic or acute intravenous narcotism—are presented for a period of 12 years. Clearly, the vast majority of the decedents were male (78%); more than half were black (57%), followed by whites (29%) and Hispanics (14%); and the median age was about 27 years.
As for me and Doodle, our desire for a drink was just as prevalent as the necessity for food. It was our drive to get high that was a prime reason for our devilish mischievousness. Furthermore, I consider my curiosity and obsession with the city was another addiction, only to subside over the years because of the town’s remoteness—two-thousand miles away.
During those times there was a police TV drama filmed entirely in New York City titled Naked City. The series was famous for their signature closing of every episode: “There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, this has been one of them.” I maintain that my previous story is also included in this whopping number.