The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-terrorism

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By Edward Follis, Douglas Century

A hugely embellished veteran DEA agent recounts his superb undercover profession and divulges the stunning hyperlinks among narcotics trafficking and terrorism

What exactly is undercover?  From a law-enforcement point of view, undercover is the artwork of skillfully eliciting incriminating statements.  From a private and mental point of view, it’s the darkish paintings of gaining trust—then manipulating that belief. within the easiest phrases, it’s taking part in a chess online game with the undesirable man, getting him to make the strikes you will have him to make—but with no him realizing you’re doing so. 

Edward Follis mastered the chess game—The darkish Art—over the process his amazing twenty-seven years with the Drug Enforcement management, the place he acquired eightballs of coke in a crimson Corvette, negotiated multimillion-dollar bargains onboard deepest King Airs, and constructed covert relationships with males who weren't in basic terms overseas drug-traffickers but—in a few cases—operatives for Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Shan United military, or the Mexican federation of cartels.

Follis was once, actually, one of many using forces at the back of the agency’s radical shift from a restricted neighborhood concentration to a world enviornment. within the early nineties, the DEA was once basically identified for doing street-level busts evocative of Miami Vice. Today, it makes use of high-resolution-optics surveillance and labeled state-of-the-art expertise to place the worst narco-terror kingpins at the enterprise finish of "stealth justice" brought through Predator drone pilots.

Spanning 5 continents and packed with harrowing tales concerning the world’s so much ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis’s memoir reads like a mystery. but each note is correct, and each tale is documented. Follis earned a Medal of Valor for his paintings, and coauthor Douglas Century is a professional at shaping and telling simply this sort of tale. the 1st and in basic terms insider’s account of the confluence among narco-trafficking and terrorist organizations, The darkish Art is a page-turning memoir that would electrify you from web page one.

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Your dancer. Blonde, approximately twenty-four years previous. ” the executive, a middle-aged Mexican-American, attempted to play it difficult, chilly, steely-eyed. We have been in plainclothes, so back I flashed my DEA credentials. “Stop with the fucking video games. ” “Oh, Tammy. That Tammy. She didn’t are available this night. ” “Where you think that she is? ” I pressed into the executive whereas Ricky went off speaking to the opposite strippers. “Look, truthfully, I don’t wish no difficulties. i actually don’t comprehend where’s she at. ” “Does she meet with any Mexican men the following? ” “I suggest, she dances for everybody. White men, black men, Mexican dudes—” “Not lap dances. Has she ever met with Mexican men? deepest conversations, I suggest. enterprise conversations. ” the chief was once truly afraid. He didn’t are looking to solution. yet I had him stressed now. purely took a couple of seconds sooner than he buckled. “Yeah, she does. ” Then he rattled off the names of a number of alternative strip golf equipment she should be dancing at that very evening. •   •   • We had no time to lose. whereas the remainder of the DEA staff have been loading the seized pounds of coke into vehicles to be taken to the proof locker, Ricky and that i scoured the areas we’d realized that Tammy may widespread in El Paso: eating places, bars, different strip golf equipment just like the pink Parrot, Nero’s, Jaguars Gold membership, Kayak, Ecstasy Palace, the avid gamers activities Bar and Grill. From spot to identify, i used to be dashing, muttering at Ricky, “Dude, we’ve obtained to discover this chick. ” “You’re right—we gotta locate her sooner than they locate her. ” “If we don’t locate her, she’ll be in Juárez this night. ” We ran round far and wide El Paso that evening until eventually the solar got here up, asking questions, scouring dozens of locations—to no avail. •   •   • tomorrow, via our intel resources and informants in Mexico, we realized that Tammy had certainly been taken around the border from El Paso into Juárez. She had suffered the grisly destiny meted out via the cartels. They ruthlessly killed her, then dismembered her physique. The cartel gangsters seek advice from it as making sopa. They position the dismembered corpse right into a fifty-five-gallon steel drum and pour battery acid over it. inside hours, there's no corpse, only a grim sludge of former human is still. All that’s left to get rid of are a couple of vestiges of bone and enamel. •   •   • Tammy’s demise haunted me via many sleepless, sweaty El Paso nights. It was once a stark awakening to the twisted ideas the cartels have been taking part in by means of. The Juárez Cartel blamed her in my view for the seizure. Didn’t topic that she hadn’t been an informant, didn’t topic that she hadn’t been flipped through us, didn’t topic that she hadn’t pocketed many of the cocaine for herself. She’d made just one mistake: being reckless or grasping sufficient to place the hire in her name—assuming accountability for whatever that occurred to the product stashed within. For that mistake she’d paid along with her lifestyles. It was once an execution dedicated out of revenge—but it was once additionally a transparent message to all of the different unique dancers keen to aim to make a few additional cash leasing homes for the cartel: Don’t fuck up with our product, or you’ll undergo an identical destiny as Tammy.

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