That was decades ago, and Internal Affairs keeps a close eye on officers nowadays, he said.
"Internal Affairs is on you now if you take a cup of coffee for free," he said with a laugh.
The streets of New York are also much safer these days. In 1972, there were about 2,000 homicides.
"Today I think there are roughly around 500 a year," he said.
Chasing the big fish
Turso was never involved in the Serpico case or the Knapp Commission. He continued to work the streets busting drug dealers. He said he enjoyed the job.
"I wanted to go to work," he said. "I wanted to get the biggest drug dealer I could."
Later he was part of a federal task force sent to Southeast Asia to purchase heroin from the same source supplying Frank Lucas, the notorious Harlem drug kingpin portrayed by Denzel Washington in "American Gangster."
"We made buys off his sources in Vietnam," Turso said.
He and his group also went to Cambodia to purchase potent heroin there, he said. He often dealt with warlords who were financing their private armies.
It was a lot different than the undercover work in New York City. He had essentially moved from the urban jungle to a real one.
Asked why he was willing to make such a change, Turso said, "First of all I wasn't very bright. And I think I had to be a little crazy."
Turso said he portrayed himself as a "wise guy" or gangster from America when he was purchasing drugs in Southeast Asia.
Once he returned to the United States, he turned his evidence over to other detectives who actually arrested Lucas in his home in New Jersey in 1975.
Lucas was sentenced to 70 years in prison. He turned on some fellow drug dealers and provided evidence that resulted in 100 drug-related convictions.
He was released from custody in 1981 but sent back to prison for drug-related offenses in 1984. He was again released in 1991.
Turso also worked in Beirut, Lebanon, buying drugs for another investigation.
He investigated numerous crimes during his tenure with the police department, including the case of the infamous serial killer, David Berkowitz, dubbed the Son of Sam. Berkowitz terrorized New York City in the late 1970s, killing six people and wounding seven.
Turso also associated with such well-known law enforcement personalities as Richard "Bo" Dietl, a retired New York City detective who is a Fox News contributor and a regular on the Don Imus radio show. Dietl also has appeared in Arby's commercials.
Turso met Joe Pistone, who worked undercover in New York's Bonanno Crime Family for six years. Pistone, who worked under the alias Donnie Brasco, is immortalized in the movie of the same name starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.
Turso retired from the force in 1986 as a sergeant of detectives. A new police commissioner took office, and Turso no longer fit the profile of the type of officer they were looking for, he said.
Turso does not consider himself to be a hero.
"A hero's a sandwich," he said. "I just did what needed to be done."
He has worked in a number of fields since his retirement. He worked with the National Football League, discussing the dangers of drug abuse with players. He also runs his own construction company.
It took him years to adjust to civilian life.
"I never really got a good night's sleep when I was in the force," he said.
He still wonders if any of the men he helped put behind bars is out there looking for him.
"I think I stayed in narcotics too long," he said. "But it was a high that I could never get out of my system."
Turso spends time with his family, five kids and one grandchild. He is loath to say much about his personal life because he still worries about retribution.
He enjoys fly-fishing and staying in shape by working out.
Jones and Turso had not spoken since their days at Greenbrier Military School until one day about two years ago.
The mayor was listening to the statewide radio show known as TalkLine. Host Hoppy Kercheval was discussing another Greenbrier Military School alum, Pete Secret, a Clarksburg native who was a quarterback at West Virginia University in the late 1960s.
"I decided to call Rocky (Turso)," Jones said.
Jones located Turso's contact information and called his old friend. The two rekindled their friendship and now speak on a regular basis.
"He was one of the first people I called when I found out I had cancer," said Jones, who underwent successful prostate surgery last year.
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