In a Liverpool night club, the Canadian mobster said, "Are you guys cops?"
Steve Jackson heard him. His blood ran cold.
Jackson wasn't his real name. He was an undercover cop.
Ever wondered about the life of an undercover cop?
What it takes to infiltrate a worldwide drugs gang?
What it feels like to live a double life? – To ‘live a lie.’
Read this gripping true story of Britain's biggest drug bust.
In March 1978, at the culmination of Operation Julie, fifteen defendants, including doctors, research chemists, a writer, and "professional" drug dealers were sentenced to a combined total of one hundred and twenty four years imprisonment.
Operation Julie is still today the point of reference for all British undercover operations and training. In 2011, the BBC claimed this massive and unique police operation was the start of the war on drugs.
The author, Stephen Bentley, was one of four undercover detectives engaged on Operation Julie, one of the world's largest drug busts. Together with his undercover partner, he infiltrated the gang producing around 90 percent of the world's LSD and uncovered a plot to import huge quantities of Bolivian cocaine into the UK.
Bentley operated in the era of no undercover training. He improvised as he went along. He was a pioneer infiltrator left to his own devices.
The underworld knew the author as Steve Jackson. How did he successfully infiltrate the two gangs? Did he have to take drugs, and how did 'living a lie' affect him?
The author and his book have featured on BBC Newsnight, BBC Wales News, BBC Radio 4 World at One and BBC Five Live; and also in London's Guardian and Sunday Express newspapers. The book is also now adapted for a feature film.
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About the Author
When he isn't writing, Stephen relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family where he now lives often with a cold beer in one hand and a book in the other.
Table of Contents
WHAT WAS OPERATION JULIE? 1
WHO AM I? 5
LSD CULTURE 19
BABY DETECTIVE 25
FAST LEARNER 33
DEVIZES AND THE PHONEY WAR 45 Plas Llysyn 48
ERIC AND UNDERCOVER PREPARATIONS 57
LLANDDEWI BREFI 69
MOVIE STARS ROCKSTARS 95
INTERNAL POLITICS 101
ARE YOU GUYS COPS? 107 Gangsters and A Death Threat 110
THE GUN 121
STEVE AND ERIC- DEALERS 139
CHRISTMAS 1976 161
NEW YEAR 171
COP KILLER 179
NO WAY A LAB AT SEYMOUR ROAD 185 The Bust 189
OLD ACQUAINTANCES 195 Smiles and I Meet in the Cell 198 Doug Again 200
RECALL PAPERS 205
124 YEARS’ JAIL 213
FIFTEEN PINTS 221 CHIEF’S COMMENDATION 229
HOUSE ARREST 237
UNFINISHED BUSINESS 251
LESSONS LEARNED 261 Future of Undercover Policing 267
SMILES REVISITED 279
THE WAR ON DRUGS 285 Cannabis and LSD – Some Facts 287
MY DAMASCENE MOMENT 295
KEMP’S STORY 301
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 319