Stephen Bentley was one of four undercover detectives engaged on Operation Julie, one of the world’s largest drugs busts.
The investigation was aimed at Britain’s 1970s LSD manufacturing and distribution network. Bentley, together with his partner, not only infiltrated that gang but also uncovered a plot to import huge quantities of Bolivian cocaine into the UK. The British LSD gang had connections way back to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. The investigation also received enormous assistance from the DEA. The drugs underworld knew him as Steve Jackson. This is his account of infiltrating and helping to bring about the downfall of one of the world’s largest drugs gangs. How did he do it? Did he have to take drugs? How did ‘living a lie’ affect him? Discover the answers and get inside the mind of Steve Jackson, undercover detective…
This unflinching memoir by Stephen Bentley opens up a world of drugs, crime, passion, and fear in a way that no other book has ever been able to do: because it’s true. It’s fascinating to wander through his life, as though perched on his shoulder, and it’s astounding to believe that the events that unfold actually happened. Bentley’s sympathetic and yet tough view on those that he met and the people that both helped and hindered him is gripping, and his narrative sweep can sometimes make you forget that this is fact, not fiction. As a lover of crime drama, it’s astonishing to see just what is correct and completely misguided when it comes to the outside world, and I look forward to reading more from Bentley – surely there is more to come?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephen Bentley is an expat from the UK now living in the Philippines. He is a former barrister (trial attorney) and detective. When he isn’t writing, Stephen follows the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool Football Club from afar and relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family. Stephen is currently working on two books. He is writing his first novel, based on his real-life undercover cop days.