Paul Eduard Waridel

In March ’85 the AG in Switzerland reached the conclusion that no crime had been committed. So the investigation was closed with a “Nulle Prosequi”, which means that no evidence has emerged to justify the charge. The Americans were furious because without an indictment from Switzerland they couldn’t prosecute their own suspects.

Which is when they produced Mr Paul Eduard Waridel, a half Turkish, half Swiss citizen. Waridel was later identified as the Mastermind behind the Pizza Connection. They bailed him out of an Italian prison in Rome where he was serving a 7 years sentence for drug trafficking. The DEA – the Drug Enforcement Agency – of the US brokered a deal with him as an undercover agent, going between the Sicilian Mafia and Turkish morphine producers.