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

By Edward Follis, Douglas Century

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

What exactly is undercover?  From a law-enforcement viewpoint, undercover is the artwork of skillfully eliciting incriminating statements.  From a private and mental viewpoint, it’s the darkish artwork of gaining trust—then manipulating that belief. within the easiest phrases, it’s enjoying a chess online game with the undesirable man, getting him to make the strikes you will want 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 wonderful twenty-seven years with the Drug Enforcement management, the place he obtained eightballs of coke in a pink Corvette, negotiated multimillion-dollar offers onboard inner most King Airs, and built covert relationships with males who weren't merely 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 used to be, actually, one of many using forces at the back of the agency’s radical shift from a restricted neighborhood concentration to an international enviornment. within the early nineties, the DEA was once essentially identified for doing street-level busts evocative of Miami Vice. Today, it makes use of high-resolution-optics surveillance and categorised state-of-the-art expertise to place the worst narco-terror kingpins at the enterprise finish of "stealth justice" introduced through Predator drone pilots.

Spanning 5 continents and packed with harrowing tales concerning the world’s such a lot ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis’s memoir reads like a mystery. but each observe 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 type 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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Yeah, we’ll see. ” He went again to taking a look at his papers for an uncomfortably very long time. “I comprehend you’re into Kayed Berro,” he acknowledged eventually. “Yes, i'm, sir. ” He seemed up, glanced at me, nodded at Jimmy. “Look, do just every little thing Soiles tells you, and you’ll stroll outta this city fantastic. You’ll knock it down, and that i won’t need to name Mr. Zienter and Mr. Holm and inform ’em you’re an asshole. ” John Zienter and Michael Holm have been my bosses within the los angeles department, the exact agent liable (SAC) and assistant certain agent liable (ASAC) respectively. “Yes, sir. ” That was once the top of the dialog. My ears have been burning. “Asshole” used to be the final word he ever acknowledged to me. I received the hell out of his place of work to prevent getting one other barrage of abuse. Jimmy laughed the full method down the hallway. •   •   • Now we have been off on our personal. with out the Armenian as my chaperone, Jimmy and that i all started prowling Paris. in a short time, although, we hit a hitch. The Berro association had tentacles achieving all through Europe—some expat Lebanese in Paris have been it sounds as if now directly to my presence within the urban. I referred to as Kayed in l. a. once or twice to inform him i used to be touring in a foreign country for a couple of weeks. yet Jimmy felt it wasn’t prudent for me to stick in Paris from now on. “Eddie, no choice—you’ve gotta get outta sight. ” “Where may i'm going, Jimmy? ” “We can get you right down to Cairo. remain out of sight until eventually they’ve made the ten-kilo supply to los angeles. ” •   •   • Jimmy prepared for me to get all the way down to Cairo. En direction, i ended off in Cyprus, settled into the capital urban of Nicosia. Our nation attaché, Mike Hurley, used to be a major guy—six-foot-four, 250 pounds—and had accountability for that entire zone. His assistant, Fred Ganem, was once of Lebanese descent. Hurley stated to me: “Look, Ed, whereas you’re right here, chances are you'll to boot aid us with an ongoing research. ” Hurley’s men had an informant who really good in hash and weed, and there has been a freighter as a result of go through the Suez Canal. We assembled the intel, introduced a staff of Cypriot police, who boarded the freighter and made a hash seizure of one. five lots. As a present, Hurley took me to a seashore in Cyprus, Ayia Napa, the place these kind of Greek males ogle and try and seduce wonderful Scandinavian ladies. First time I’d ever been to a topless seashore. I went snorkeling. whereas diving, i used to be stunned to work out that there have been no fish—the Cypriots had overfished the total zone. they'd used dynamite within the waters and harvested all of the fish. I went down deep. As I surfaced, I observed ladies thoroughly bare. Crystal transparent blue Mediterranean water. Nude diving girls—perfect, lithe our bodies: They gave the look of mermaids. I got here up, walked up the seashore, and observed the entire curly-haired Greeks attempting to sweet-talk Swedish and Norwegian girls. As I got here up the recent sand, I additionally observed Mike Hurley’s spouse sitting there thoroughly topless. I prevented my eyes, blushing with embarrassment. •   •   • presently thereafter we did briefings with the Cypriot police officers; the Berros were utilizing Cyprus as a fashion station for his or her heroin transportation.

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