FEDERAL BUREAU OF NARCOTICS.
National List of Persons Known to be or Suspected of Being Engaged in the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs. (As amended 10/1/50, 8/15/51, 9/25/53, and completely revised 1/1/58.) Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Narcotics, Treasury Department, .
Oblong 12mo. Original maroon limp cloth, gilt Treasury Department seal and lettering to upper cover. Soiling to title, final leaf, and margins of first few leaves, some wear to joints and edges, crack to cloth of lower cover.
A compendium of vital informationincluding names, aliases, photographs (typically mug shots), criminal histories and associationson some 350 known drug traffickers, created by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and apparently issued to local and federal agents. Each two page profile also includes entries for physical description, localities frequented, facsimile signature, modus operandi, a list of agencies with information about the suspect, and identification numbers. Among the more notorious criminals who appear in the album are Joseph and Frank Deluca, Carlo and Paolo Gambino, and Nicolo Impastato, and the index is filled with aliases such as Andy the Goat, Blubberhead, Frankie the Bug, Freddy Red Shirt, Joe Chips, and Pink Cheeks. The Federal Bureau of Narcotics was created as an agency of the United States Treasury Department in 1930, and eventually evolved into the Drug Enforcement Agency under the United States Department of Justice. The present copy is stamped "386" on the title and final leaf, and contains a few annotations in manuscript, presumably made by the field agent whose copy this was.
- Please note: The present copy belonged to former New York City Narcotics Detective George Bermudez, who received numerous commendations for his undercover work infiltrating drug rings on the streets of New York in the 1950s-70s, and for his work on the infamous "French Connection" case and Pierre Hotel heist. Included in the lot are approximately 50 pp of NYPD documents (originals and copies) relating to Bermudez's work on various cases.