Operation Trifecta begins in an Oklahoma City Jail cell-block where David Wheeler, a forty eight-year old self-proclaimed screenwriter with no screen credits and drug dealer to Hollywood movie stars sits contemplating a possible life sentence for selling a kilo of cocaine to an undercover cop. The newscast he’s watching is about to change his life.
In New York City, DEA undercover agent Mike Levine, back from his assignment in South America and still under investigation by DEA’s Internal Affairs as a result of the events captured in "The Big White Lie," gets a phone call from DEA Headquarters. Levine is needed in San Diego to assist a Customs undercover operation already under way. An informant named Dave Wheeler has been released from prison in order to make an undercover drug deal with corrupt Mexican law enforcement and military figures to smuggle a ton of cocaine from Bolivia through Mexico and into the US using the Mexican Navy. The case is the Customs Agency’s top priority. The Commissioner himself is monitoring every move. Spanish speaking Levine is needed to play the role of a US based Mafia boss, for a meeting with the Bolivians to close the deal.
Levine, who has spent the past decade making undercover deals with Bolivian, Colombian and Mexican kingpins senses that there is something wrong with the story. The paranoia that has kept him alive for the past decade grips his neck. He begins recording every conversation which will become the fact basis for "Deep Cover."
DEA headquarters has one more task for Levine; as far as the suits are concerned its the most important one: "Customs is on our turf. They don’t have a clue what they’re doing. We want you to take over the investigation. But do it subtly; we don’t want to piss off the commissioner."
And let the games begin.
Operation Trifecta would bring Levine’s fictitious Mafia team on a deep cover odyssey through the jungles of Bolivia and Panama, into the back rooms of Washington DC deal-makers and across the killing fields of Mexico. The sometimes hilarious and other times horrifying odyssey culminates in a death trap in Panama that Levine would barely escape to write this book. "Deep Cover" is part of the true history of our war on drugs that readers will never find in newspapers or history books.
From "Deep Cover":
At 3 P.M., a shirtless Chuy admitted us to the room. A drained looking Jorge watched us from the bed. "My people want me to call the whole thing off," he said almost before the door had closed. They think something is very suspicious. You know, DEA agents are in your hotel right now."
I was not surprised by the last. The way some of my colleagues had been behaving, I figured their presence in the Marriott would be front page news.
"My brother," I said meeting his level gaze. "I think I agree with your people. We should call the whole thing off. There is just too much distrust to do business. My people are on the verge of ordering me back with the money." I again rehashed the airport incident. "They said exactly what they said before: If we can risk our plane in Bolivia and our money in Panama, they cannot understand why you cannot come to the Marriott and walk out with two sixty pound suitcases that look like any of the other suitcases seen all over the lobby."
Roman shook his head wearily. "You know Luis, the one thing I am sure of is that you are not DEA. This whole affair is so stupid it cannot be DEA."
I smiled and said nothing. It was a line I would never forget.
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Title: Deep Cover Author: Michael Levine Pages 319 Genre: Fiction This book would make a good movie. Michael Levine main character very determined and intense DEA undercover agent in the department war on drugs. He takes his job seriously especially after his brother committed suicide after his long battle of addiction. Michael Levine knows well substance abuse creates brain damage, heart attacks and is directly related to high crime. Within undercover operations for 25 years and many imprisoned he is discouraged as he feels he hasn’t even made a dent. With involvement of high leaders and underhanded events it is almost funny. But is not. Levine goes deeper undercover finds war on drugs is fraud as crime lords and terrorist ’busts are sabotaged by government officials, The operation Snowcap to end war on drugs with Panama, Bolivia and Mexico City. He takes us along on his mission with other agents who he is not sure if he can trust. An informant David Wheeler, who is a blabber and does not really know much in this mission. Levine has to also fool the drug terrorists and is not sure what or who he is involved with.
Do you like opening up a book and having a guy talk nonstop about conspiracy theories at you? No? I don't either, but that's exactly what I got when I opened up Deep Cover by Michael Levine. I read the first page, right after acknowledgements, and all I could think as I read was, "GET ON WITH IT!" I understand that Mr. Levine is a former DEA agent, and that he and other DEA agents have been dealt a lot of bulls*** in their careers, and that they feel unsatisfied by their involvement with the 'War on Drugs', but you cannot make a book out of complaining. There are no positives brought up in this book. Levine only continues to complain about how dissatisfied he is with the DEA and other agencies that tie into the drug market. I would think - and honestly it would be a comfort to me - that while billions of drugs are still smuggled, that while thousands of people get off on their charges, he was able to stop even one thousandth of it. Neither you nor the system is perfect. You cannot expect it to be so. Reading Levine's work feels like those moments when I lose my grip on sanity and my thoughts begin spiraling thanks to depression. It's a whirlwind of pessimism from a man who no longer knows how to hope and isn't interested in hearing suggestions for how he could have tried something different to be more satisfied with his work. Aside from a few typos and that the man believes italicizing everything is a way to save this book, there is nothing else to talk about. This book makes Levine sound like a paranoid nut. I cannot recommend this book to anyone. There's no story, there isn't a nod to those he believes are making a difference, there's not even a suggestion as to how the DEA and other government agencies can improve their anti-drug programs. There is no happiness here, just sad.
Deep Cover, by Michael Levine, is a non-fiction book with an exciting thriller fiction feel to it. The author gives you firsthand knowledge, as a special agent with the DEA, into the underworld organizations. Going undercover and creating fictional personas in order to mix in with drug lords of Mexico, Bolivia, and Panama. Mr. Levine explains how agencies that should work together to fight drug crimes, simply don't. When one major case was on the verge of being brought down, the operation was mysteriously shut down. This book was an exciting and fast read. It kept my blood pumping and adrenaline on high. Exposing conspiracies and loopholes. This book will definitely leaving your mind reeling.
Michael Levine did an excellent job with Deep Cover. This is a true account of an international drug sting operation that went on. The operation ended up going very wrong, and deeply effected the lives and families of everyone involved, along with the US Government itself. I don't want to get too much more into it because I feel as if this is a book worth reading, but I do want to stress the fact that Levine did an excellent job with it overall. It is well written, extremely informative, and shares a lot of information about what goes on pertaining to the "War on Drugs". Maybe of us are still so clueless about it, but It's time that we open our eyes to it and understand. Something seriously needs to change in our Government, and Levine deserves a lot of kudos for having the courage to come out and write about what exactly is happening all around us. Five stars all the way, would definitely recommend.