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The Rise of the Drug Economy in Detroit

The Rise of the Drug Economy in Detroit

Detroit was once the seed of greater economic empire of the world – -Industry self. Whether you come from Southern Europe, Middle East and South America plants have been hiring and the pay was good. But as the empire weakened cars and collapsed the economy of the city began to turn around a new business -. Distribution of illicit drugs

Between 1965 and 1970, violent crime has more than doubled in the United States. Why this happened has never been fully explained, but the drugs, the breakdown of social control associated with the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War were certainly key factors.

Nowhere was more out of control in Detroit, Michigan, who had been the deadliest riots of 60 and became the capital murder of the country by 1971. In the spring of 1972, the Bureau of Narcotics sent John Sutton in Detroit a special mission to infiltrate and bring down the largest dealers of black heroine of the city.

Sutton agent came to Detroit to find the divided city. Firstly Detroit was the most prosperous black middle class in the country, mainly due to the automotive industry, and many people were living a good life. On the other hand it was a city was the police force has been completely overrun by heroin dealers and stick men.

Detroit had a few black officers in the 1950s so that the department had a hard time growing infiltration of the infrastructure of the drug in the city. Henry Marzette was a hometown boy and a veteran of the Korean War when he entered the Police Academy. Beginning as an undercover cop in drug Marzette the stop assembly records of 1950. But soon began to play both sides of the fence and he was convicted of corruption in the late 50s

After a short jail time Marzette came home determined to take the streets. In 1970, he convened a meeting of key heroin dealers, known as the “West Side Seven”, he suggested that they work together to buy and distribute heroin without the Italian Mafia who controlled a group known as “East Side Twelve” composed of mostly white high-level traffickers. The alliance falls apart when some retailers will not bow before Marzette kick off the most deadly drug war in the history of Detroit.


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