Mule: My Dangerous Life as a Drug Smuggler Turned DEA Informant

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Meet Chris Heifner, overachieving drug runner for a Mexican marijuana cartel. But he wasn't always. This one-time econ student from Texas—broke, deep in debt, and facing eviction with a growing family to support—yielded to the temptation that he had resisted countless times before and went to work for his best friend from college, Jake Andes. But it wasn't exactly a Career Day kind of job. Andes was a big-time dealer, captaining a $25-million-a-year empire. Heifner became a mule, running multi-hundred-pound loads...
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Overview

Meet Chris Heifner, overachieving drug runner for a Mexican marijuana cartel. But he wasn't always. This one-time econ student from Texas—broke, deep in debt, and facing eviction with a growing family to support—yielded to the temptation that he had resisted countless times before and went to work for his best friend from college, Jake Andes. But it wasn't exactly a Career Day kind of job. Andes was a big-time dealer, captaining a $25-million-a-year empire. Heifner became a mule, running multi-hundred-pound loads from Juárez around the country. After digging himself out of his financial hole, Heifner contemplated going clean. But the money and the lifestyle had hooked him, so he kept moving loads. He was so good that Andes was grooming him to become his second-in-command. And then Heifner got busted with $300,000 worth of dope in a rental car, and his world came crashing down. After bailing out of jail, Heifner went home for a much-needed shower. He emerged to find Andes and a hit man hired to kill him and his family should he decide to narc. Heifner realized that he had only one option: to flip and become an informant for the DEA. That's when life got really dangerous.
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"A very real first-hand account of the gritty, brutal world of trafficking. Heifner's incredible journey will transport you into the pounding heart of the War on Drugs. You won't want to put this book down."—Robert Mazur, former DEA agent and author of The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel"Mule contains all the dread, angst, and psychological terror of a Hitchcock movie. It's a must read for people interested in the US–Mexico drug trade." —Howard Campbell, professor of anthropology and author of Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez
Kirkus Reviews
Melodramatic account of a marijuana smuggler who switched sides. El Paso–based motivational speaker Heifner asserts that his criminal involvement followed a limited arc. Over several months, he accepted a number of missions from his flashy, vulgar college friend Jake, driving carloads of cannabis across the Mexican border. When arrested, the author received a light sentence of probation and deferred adjudication and a visit from DEA agents, which inspired the none-too-thoughtful Jake to threaten Heifner and his family's lives. This led him to volunteer as a DEA informant in order to keep his family safe. The author works to document Jake's connection to large loads of pot, even while redeeming himself by returning to school and reconciling with his harried wife. Although Heifner endeavors to get inside his paranoid, angst-ridden mindset, the prose is too hasty--much of the narrative reads like a Maxim true-crime article expanded to book length, with artificial dialogue and a constant stream of cliché and overheated language ("I was a wrecking ball, and everyone else was a straw house"). The lack of verisimilitude is also unfortunate. Heifner does not explicitly identify many of the characters or cases (other than an epilogue that mentions the arrest of Jake's partner), and conveniently, Jake disappeared and is presumed dead. Heifner is an unsympathetic protagonist, as he expresses contempt for the incompetent cops and criminals around him, trumpeting his own superior intelligence rather than looking for nuance or irony in his circumstances, and he portrays minor characters in terms verging on sexist or racist caricature. Adds little to our understanding of violent international drug smuggling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762780280
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 939,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

C. A. Heifner earned his MBA in economics from the University of Texas at El Paso. Feature articles about him have appeared in Bluff, Mob Candy, and the New York Times, among other publications. He is now a motivational speaker.
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Table of Contents

Playlist vi

1 In the End 1

2 The Fear 5

3 Devil in Disguise 18

4 Smuggler's Blues 30

5 Hate It or Love It 41

6 Mo' Money, Mo' Problems 50

7 Hotel California 62

8 Changes 74

9 H to the Izzo 85

10 Somewhere I Belong 97

11 Meant to Live 105

12 Blurry 115

13 Extreme Ways 126

14 Beautiful Disaster 137

15 Let's Go Crazy 149

16 Fuck tha Police 160

17 Time Marches On 169

18 Take This Job and Shove It 178

19 If It Ain't Ruff 187

20 Bring Me to Life 198

21 Dammit, Man 207

22 Reeling in the Years 213

23 My Home's in Alabama 222

24 Killing in the Name 230

25 We Don't Need Another Hero 239

26 My Way 249

27 Renegade 257

Epilogue 266

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Total waste of time... college kid paid 500 dollars to run a cou

    Total waste of time... college kid paid 500 dollars to run a couple of loads of dope,  nothing to do with cartel.

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    Posted July 18, 2012

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