HARRY ANSLINGER'S GORE – PENNSYLVANIA
Oddly enough, there aren’t that many Gore File cases that originated out of Pennsylvania. And in addition, it also appears that they’re not very gory, consisting mostly of simple arrests. A situation that seems very odd considering the fact that Harry Anslinger himself was a Pennsylvanian. In fact, the following are the only ACTUAL Gore File cases that we know of and have been able to ID. Section II, consists of those cases that we have yet to ID and Section III, consists of anecdotes that the reader might find of interest.
MARIHUANA SOLD -- CCC CAMP
Name: Henry Lite (or Lile) - Location: - Lebanon PA. - Date: - Jan 8, 1936
What the Narcs were claiming
"Early this year the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Narcotics arrested a peddler reported to be supplying marihuana cigarettes to boys attached to a CCC camp in Lebanon county. -- Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) Oct. 11, 1936 “Don't be a MuggleHead”
PENNSYLVANIA -Lebanon On November 21, 1935, Henry Liles
(colored) was arrested in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, by State officers for selling marihuana cigarettes. He was prosecuted under the State marihuana Law, convicted and sentenced to serve one year in the Lebanon County Jail. -- On searching the residence of Henry Liles, at the time of his arrest, the officers found about two pounds of marihuana prepared for smoking and about one-half pound of seed. The marihuana and seed were seized by the officers and destroyed by burning. --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File
PENNSYLVANIA - Harrisburg On January 8, 1936, the sale of marihuana cigarettes to boys in the CCC Camps in Lebanon county, was broken up
with the jailing of a dope salesman. On information supplied at the CCC camp, the State Bureau of Narcotics swore out a warrant for the arrest of the narcotic peddler. --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File
The OLEAN TIMES-HERALD
[S]-Jan 8, 1936 P5 - “Curb Traffic In Narcotics At CCC Camps”
“The Department of Health announced today that it has stopped the traffic in marihuana cigarets being sold to boys in CCC camps in Lebanon county. Through the work of agents of the division of Narcotic Control, Henry Lite, Negro, was arrested and charged with illegal sale of narcotics. Confronted in Lebanon county court with a boy from the CCC camp at Lickdale to whom he was alleged to have sold cigaretts, Lite pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in the county jail and fined $100 and costs. Agents of the Bureau of Narcotics Control were called in by Lebanon county authorities when the traffic in the Mexican drug was discovered. Dr. John H. Remig, an inspector for the Division swore out a warrant for Lite’s arrest on information supplied at the CCC camp. Dr. Paul Rogers, chief chemist of the Division of Narcotic Control testified in court that cigarets sold by Lile were made from Marihuana.
Name: Emil Bango/Frank Fernandez - Location: (near) Langeloth, Pa. - Date: Aug 14, 1935
What the Narc’s were claiming
PENNSYLVANIA -Langeleth(sic) On August 13, 1935, a field of about three acres used for raising marihuana was located near Langeloth(sic), Washington County, Pennsylvania. The marihuana was planted in uniform rows and concealed by the planting of several rows of corn around the outside of the marihuana field. It was seized, cut down and destroyed by burning. The officers estimated the amount destroyed, usable for smoking, to have been about 250 pounds. The owner was arrested, prosecuted and convicted under the State Marihuana Law, receiving a sentence of 3 months in the Washington County Jail and fined $500. At the time the man was arrested the officers searched his residence and found about 10 pounds of marihuana prepared for smoking, which was also seized and destroyed. --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File
[S]- Aug 14, 1935 p ? - “LOCO WEED IS FOUND IN COUNTY”
Marijuana Weed, Barred As Dope In U.S., Found At Langeloth
“Washington, Pa., Aug. 14. -- Two men were under Arrest today following the discovery of a patch of marijuanna (sic) weed growing on a farm at nearby Langeloth.
Both men, Emil Bango, 41 and Frank Fernandez, 32 Spaniards, were taken into custody at the farm on charges of violating the state narcotics act. The men were said to have been on relief.
Arrest of the pair climaxed efforts of investigators to locate the ‘dope farm.’ Whose existence had been reported some time ago. Value of the weed was estimated by authorities at $2,000.
Indiana Evening Gazette
[S]- 1935-08-15p? “Two Arrested on Narcotics Charge”
[Key Finder - Case#PA02_Langloth]
Name: Pedro Samoro (Pete Samora - Pete Zamora - Pete Azmora) - Location: - Pittsburgh, PA. - Date: - July 31, 1936
What the Narcs were claiming
Pennsylvania - 1936 Pittsburgh M Robbery and possession marihuana. Arrested -- Article by James C. Munch; "UN Bulletin on Narcotics"-1966 Issue 2
1936 - P. Samorro, - Pittsburgh - M - Robbery and possession marihuana. - Arrested - 6th conference report - INEOA 1965
Pedro Samoro, alias Albert Garcia, alias Pete Simpson, alias Louis Rosso, was taken into custody by Inspector of Detectives Doc Forner and Captain Walter Monaghan, Pittsburgh Police department, about 11 P. M. July 31, 1936, on the street corner of Wylie Avenue and Logan Street, for interrogation regarding a “stickup” in that vicinity. Upon searching the prisoner the detectives found on his person thirty-two “Reefers” and one necktie box containing approximately three ounces of ground Indian Hemp (Cannabis), and several “Capital” cigarette papers. There was also found on his person a two pound brown paper bag containing approximately eight (8) ounces of ground Indian Hemp (Cannabis). -- Box9, File7 - PennState Collection
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. July 31, 1936. Pedro Samorro arrested for robbery and possession marihuana. -- Box9, File7 - PennState Collection
The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania)
[e]- Aug 14, 1936 P5 - “MEXICAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON “
PITTSBURGH. Aug. 14 -- UP -- Pete Samora. 33-year-old transient who admitted selling marajuana cigarets to children, was sentenced to a maximum of five years in Allegheny County workhouse. William H. McNaughter in criminal court ordered Samora deported to Mexico at the expiration of his sentence.
NEW CATLE NEWS (New Castle, Pa)
[s]- Aug 14, 1936 - Page 14 - Mexican Dope Peddler Given Stiff Sentence
Judge McNaugher In Pittsburgh Court Not lenient With Dope Seller
(International News Services) - PITTSBURGH Aug. -- Arrested as one of the first prisoners taken into custody in the city’s war on dope peddlers, who have many school children on their “customer” lists. Pete Azmora, 33, a Mexican, felt the full force of Pittsburgh justice today when he pleaded guilty to selling marihuana cigarets.
Many youngsters have become addicted to the drug-- described as more insidious than morphine--according to police, and Detective Captain Walter Monaghan, who has been heading the drive against dope. Appeared personally in court to prosecute Zamora.
He urged the prisoner be given the fullest penalty under the law as a warning to others engaged in the dope traffic and Judge McNaugher obliged with sentencing Zamora to five years in the
Most . . .MORE . . Before passing sentence the judge said: “You are a bad citizen of another country.” You have no right to be in this country.”
Zamora, Capt. Monaghan told the was on parole for three and one-half years previous marihuana offenses indicated he would be deported after completing his term.
[Key Finder - Case#PA03_Pete_Samora]
Name: Joe Rodrigues - Location: - Pittsburgh, PA. - Date: - Feb 1936
What the Narcs were claiming
PENNSYLVANIA - Pittsburgh On February 14, 1936, Jose Rodriequez was arrested by Pittsburgh Police for possession of 402 grains of marihuana. He was first fined $10.00 and costs, but was rearrested by police and taken before an Alderman, who held him for the Grand Jury under bond. At present he is confined in the County Jail in default of bond. -- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Saturday, February 15, 1936 pg 5
FINE MIARHUANA SELLERS
Three persons accused of making and selling marihuana cigarets Were fined $10 and costs last night by Burgess John J. Cavanaugh of Homestead. They are Millie Reyers, 46, of 539 Third avenue, Homestead; Ignatz Compass, 36, no home, and Olivo Navarro, 38, of 903 Elm way, Homestead Joe Rodrigues, 36, also of 539 Third avenue, was discharged. Police said a half pound of green marihuana was found at the home of the Reyers woman, where the four were arrested.
[Key-finder - Case #PA04_JoeRodriques]
Name: Louis Manon - Location: - (near) Malven, Pa. - Date: Sept. 1935
What the Narcs were claiming
PENNSYLVANIA - Malvern On July 9, 1935, police found a field of about one acre used for raising marihuana located near Malrern(sic), Chester County, Pennsylvania. The marihuana had been planted in uniform rows and had been cultivated to increase production. It was seized, cut down and destroyed by burning. The officers estimated the amount destroyed, usable for smoking, to have been about 150 pounds. The owner was arrested, prosecuted and convicted under the State Marihuana Law, and sentenced to serve one year in the Chester County Jail and fined $300. --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File
1935 – The field adjacent to the Lincoln Highway near Marvery(sic) was found to consist of about an acre. The field had originally been planted with corn but between each row of corn were found fine samples of marihuana wee, which clearly showed indication of conscientious cultivation. This field was found in control of Luis Manon, a native of San Domingo and a track walker for the Pennsylvania Railroad. --- PennState Collection – Box9File38
PENNSYLVANIA - Malvern & Howellville During the Spring of 1935, reliable information was received to the effect that a field located on the Lincoln Highway near Malvern, and another one located on the Swedeboro and Paoli Road near Howellville, were under cultivation for illicit marihuana purposes. The field adjacent to the Lincoln Highway near Malvern was found to consist of about an acre, that had originally been planted with corn but between each row of corn were found fine samples of the marihuana weed, clearly showing indication of conscientious cultivation. This field was found in control of Luis Manon, a native of San Domingo, and a track walker for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Manon on being questioned regarding the marihuana on his land denied any knowledge thereof. After thoroughly destroying the marihuana, the police took the matter up with the county attorney who ordered the arrest of Manon and his wife for prosecution under Pennsylvania State Narcotic Laws.
The field discovered at Swedeboro and Paoli Road near Howellville was found to be under control of a Mexican named Michael Ruiz, who operates a truck garden on his property but was apparently cultivating a quantity of marihuana as a side line. Ruiz had about an acre and a half planted with marihuana. --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File
LANCASTER NEW ERA:
[Wanted]- 1935-09-12p2 – Malvern Man guilty of Raising Dope Released in Bail Pending New Trial
WEST CHESTER, Sept. 12 – Louis Manon, near Malvern, a native of West Indies, was convicted in the Chester County Courts of illegal possession of narcotics. The attorney for the defense made a motion for a new trial. Manon was released on bail.
The defendant was arrested a few weeks ago by state authorities who had uncovered a field of marihuana plants on the Manon farm, near Malvern. Manon testified that he had been away from home for several months and was not able to explain who had (planted) the acre (of the) narcotic-producing plants.
This case sounds too weird to be true and it probably isn’t. By everyone’s addition, Mr. Manon simply wasn’t there at the time of the crop growth, so in all probability there was a good chance that someone else just saw some vacant land and planted the stuff there. --- Strange case indeed.
MORE REEFER MADNESS
HARRY ANSLINGER'S GORE FILE IN PENNSYLVANA
WANT TO KNOW MORE:
Due to space / download time considerations, only selected materials are
displayed. If you would like to obtain more information, feel
free to contact the museum. All our material is available (at
cost) on CD-Rom format.