With more and more investigations connecting the mafia to drug trafficking, and with the start of investigations that would lead to the famous “French Connection,” Anslinger re-opened FBN’s first overseas post in Rome, Italy that had been closed with the outbreak of World War II.
After the war America’s attention turned toward the Cold War and the spread of Communism. China, a source country for opiates, became a target for a so-called Communist narcotics offensive. The McCarthy scare reinforced Anslinger’s worries that Communists were “flooding the world with dope to corrupt the youth of America.”
“When the Russians land on the moon, the first man they will meet will be Anslinger, searching for narcotics.”
— Mob Boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano