Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story

Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story

by Stephen Bentley

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9786219619028
Publisher: Hendry Publishing
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Stephen Bentley is a former British police Detective Sergeant and barrister (trial attorney). He is now a freelance writer, author of many books, and an occasional contributor to Huffington Post UK on undercover policing, and mental health issues.
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

SMILES 75

BLUE 81

STONED 89

MOVIE STARS ROCKSTARS 95

INTERNAL POLITICS 101

ARE YOU GUYS COPS? 107 Gangsters and A Death Threat 110

THE GUN 121

IDIOT! 129

STEVE AND ERIC- DEALERS 139

DOUG 147

CHILLUM 155

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

RESIGNATION 243

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 251

LESSONS LEARNED 261 Future of Undercover Policing 267

DUPLICITY 271

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

AFTERWORD 323

BIBLIOGRAPHY 324

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