'French Connection' Figure Gets More Years

Reuters

Francois Scapula, a top figure in the 1960s "French Connection" drug trafficking ring, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday on drug smuggling charges.

Scapula, a top chemist for the ring portrayed in two movies starring Gene Hackman, will not serve his French sentence now because he has been in Swiss jails since 1985 serving a 20-year sentence for another drug offense. Swiss authorities allowed him to go to Paris to appear in court on charges of smuggling three tons of hashish into France in 1985.

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