Dead on Delivery: Inside the Drug Wars, Straight from the Street

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In 1985 a drug enforcement agent told Robert Stutman that a new drug called "crack" had hit the streets. In the following years, Stutman, head of the New York Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration would get to know all about crack: in lives lost, in lives wasted, in dead cops and dead DEA agents, in a society under siege. For the next four years, Stutman would be the point man in the most ferocious drug war ever waged in America. Now Robert Stutman--one of America's highest profile drug agents--tells not ...
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In 1985 a drug enforcement agent told Robert Stutman that a new drug called "crack" had hit the streets. In the following years, Stutman, head of the New York Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration would get to know all about crack: in lives lost, in lives wasted, in dead cops and dead DEA agents, in a society under siege. For the next four years, Stutman would be the point man in the most ferocious drug war ever waged in America. Now Robert Stutman--one of America's highest profile drug agents--tells not only of the great crack epidemic of the 1980s, but how the DEA was taken by surprise by it after decades of fighting heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. On the front lines with the DEA for 25 years, Stutman served as street-level enforcement officer, international drug agent, and a political liaison inside Washington. He did his job so well that a Colombian cartel targeted him for death. In DEAD ON DELIVERY, he narrates a shocking and important story--a story no other man in America could tell. Researched and written by Richard Esposito with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Justice, this expose reveals, for the first time, both the street battles and the appalling behind-the-scenes government policies that helped feed the drug epidemic. Stutman gives harrowing accounts of dozens of extraordinary operations, including the all-out hunt for the murderer of DEA agent Everett Hatcher, gunned down on a Staten Island street--and how it led Stutman to Mob boss John Gotti; the bust of "Boy George" Rivera, a 20-year-old heroin dealer who owned a fleet of customized luxury cars--and paid his dealers huge incentives for selling more dope; a female DEA agent's daring penetration of a Wall Street brokerage house that used cocaine to woo clients--and used clients' money to buy more drugs; a remarkable assault on interlocking crack-dealing gangs in Manhattan--one that would prove just how insatiable crack demand had become. A book that is at once exciting and dist
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official Stutman, assisted by Esposito of New York Newsday , argues that the government's ``war on drugs'' is failing because it chiefly targets dealers rather than users, and neglects education and treatment programs. Stutman became a federal drug agent in 1965, after an unsatisfying six months with the CIA. He gave speeches about drug use around the country, and soon became one of the DEA's most public figures. During a 25-year career, he was a trouble-shooter in DEA offices in Baltimore, Boston and New York City. The 1989 Staten Island murder of agent Everett Hatcher opens these frequently bitter recollections. The final chapter recounts the DEA's nine-month effort, including Stutman's visit to crime boss John Gotti, to catch Hatcher's killer, which resulted in the mob execution of hitman Gus Farace. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
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In one of the most gripping books yet on this topic, Stutman, former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) New York office, tells of his life as a federal drug agent while showing how the government, through several administrations, has blundered along in a war that cannot be won. Stutman states that both law enforcement and social programs need to be used to combat drug trafficking and use; unfortunately, in the federal drug war, funds are usually cut from these areas even while war is being declared. Far from just showing how the war is being lost, Stutman also shows the toll it takes on those who fight it, particularly in several harrowing chapters about the shooting of agent Everett Hatcher and the hunt for his killer, a drug dealer eventually killed by the mob. Both a thought-provoking study of the nation's top crime problem and a powerful look at law enforcement officers in action, this book is very highly recommended for all collections. (Photos not seen.) Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/92.-- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446364171
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 0.87 (h) x 6.75 (d)

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