DURING THE REEFER MADNESS ERA
THE JACOB TRATUREK CASE
Transmitted to the commissioner in Compliance with Circular Letter 458 dated 9-29-37.
Newspaper clipping attached.
Ralph H. Oyler,
April 11, 1938
Mr. Ralph H. Oyler
Re: Jacob Traturek, et al
2 On April 8th, 1938, Jacob traturek pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny from the person and was immediately indorsed as a State witness. During his testimony, he stated that all the three above and one Ali Hadi, not apprehended, had been drinking beer and smoking marihuana cigarettes before the hold up. However, Frank Toth and Alex Malak denied this later, as well as denying being at the scene of the hold up.
3 The above is the only reference made to Marihuana. The arresting officers, Detectives Dailey and Gregory of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, stated that the newspaper and greatly exaggerated the marihuana angle of this affair, and that it was their belief that marihuana was not smoked by the defendants.
4 Dr. John ?. O’Connell, the state prosecutor, marihuana was of so little importance and not verified by the others, that he did not attempt to notify this office.
John E. Tagliatela
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