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Lucien Sarti worked for the French-Corsican heroin trafficker and convicted Nazi collaborator, Auguste Joseph Ricord. It was claimed by the journalist Stephen Rivele, that Antoine Guerini organized the assassination of John Kennedy. According to his contact, Christian David, the killing was carried out by Sarti and two other members of the Marseilles mob. It is believed Sarti fired from behind the wooden fence on the grassy knoll. The first shot was fired from behind and hit Kennedy in the back. The second shot was fired from behind, and hit John Connally. The third shot was fired from in front, and hit Kennedy in the head. The fourth shot was from behind and missed.

Rivele's material was used in the 1988 television documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy. As well as Lucien Sarti he also named Sauveur Pironti and Roger Bocognani as being involved in the killing. However, Pironti and Bocognani both had alibis and Rivele was forced to withdraw the allegation.

However, Sarti is a character who needs to be investigated. Lucien Sarti was officially killed by Mexican police in Mexico City on 27th April, 1972. His death was not reported in the United States at the time. However, it was in France's leading newspaper, Le Monde. It reported that the killing of Sarti was the result of a "close Mafia-police-Narcotics Bureau collaboration" in the United States to "shatter Corsican influence in the worldwide narcotics traffic, and create a virtual monopoly for the U.S.-Italian Mafia connection, whose key figure was Santo Trafficante."

Peter Dale Scott perceptively points out in the introduction to The Politics of Heroin (Alfred W. McCoy): "If the Washington Post and the New York Times, the supposed exposer's of Watergate, had picked up on stories like the one in Le Monde, then the history of Watergate might have been altered... for the history of Nixon's involvement in Watergate is intertwined with that of his personal involvement in drug enforcement. Nixon's public declaration in June 1971 of his war on heroin promptly led his assemblage of White House Plumbers, Cubans, and even hit squads".

Henrik Kruger argues in The Great Heroin Coup that the "remarkable shift from Marseilles (Corsican) to Southeast Asian and Mexican (Mafia) heroin in the United States... was a deliberate move to reconstruct and redirect the heroin trade... not to eliminate it."



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Sarti was tied to Paul Modolini and Lucien Rivard, who were partners with Trafficante in both casino and narcotics activities in Cuba.

Sarti was part of a heroin smuggling operation out of Brazil with Tommasso Buscetta, Christian David, and Michel Nicoli. They sent heroin up to New York City where it was received by Gambino mobster Carlo Zippo.

Within six months after Sarti's death, David was arrested and tortured by Brazilian authorities, then deported to the US to face dug chargs; Buscetta went on the lam but was caught and deported to Italy to face murder charges; and Nicoli was arrested on robbery charges.

Buscetta later became a famous turncoat against the Sicilian and American Mafia- instrumental in dismantling the PIzza Connection. Two of his close associates and members of the Sarti/David/Nicol drug operation, Giusseppe Romano and Giuseppe Tramotana, were later murdered in Miami by membrs of Trafficante's Miami faction.

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Namebase entry for Lucien Sarti:


Mexico 1972

Back Channels 1991-10 (4)

Back Channels 1995-05 (17)

Davis,J. Mafia Kingfish. 1989 (602)

Kruger,H. The Great Heroin Coup. 1980 (7)

Marrs,J. Crossfire. 1990 (80, 208)

Mills,J. Underground Empire. 1986 (554-6, 813)

National Reporter 1987-F (40-5)

Scott,P.D. Marshall,J. Cocaine Politics. 1991 (33, 84)

Sterling,C. Octopus. 1991 (125-7)

Summers,A. Conspiracy. 1989 (524-5)

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