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Expat In Bacolod

Stephen Bentley - Writer

Tag: drugs

Drugs Watch Philippines & UK

Drugs watch as a title was prompted by recent events in Bacolod and in Huyton, Liverpool, UK. Then I checked the Huyton news story and I can find no connection to drugs. Huyton is where I grew up and lived for almost the first twenty years of my life. [Update: since writing that I have read the police have recovered a large amount of cash, guns and drugs in Huyton] The Huyton incident involved a seventeen year old being shot in the head while riding on the back of a motorbike – a truly shocking and brutal murder. My first instinct was to think it was drug related. I can be excused for that as the local paper, the Liverpool Echo, carries a gun crime… Read More

Safety in the Philippines

Safety in the Philippines in general and drug-related killings in particular, have been world-wide news lately. Yes, it is a problem but it’s important not to over react. I lived in London for many years and shootings, mainly drug related and often black on black, were common currency and probably still are. Firearms are readily accessible here and so is shabu. Shabu is a form of methamphetamine and is highly addictive. President Duterte has sworn to eradicate the drug trade by use of some controversial methods. As a veteran of the so called “war on drugs,” I am no longer convinced that such a “war” is winnable and the world needs to try alternatives to the present system of prohibition.  I have written at some… Read More

Why Lemmy is Right (and Adam)

Lemmy AKA Ian Fraser Kilminster was the founder of Motorhead. Sadly, he died on December 28, 2015, 4 days after his 70th birthday. This post is neither homage to him or his music or Motorhead, although I like all three. The reason for the post is inspired by a very thoughtful email I received from Adam.  Adam follows my blog and often leaves comments on my posts. He can be found at his excellent The Retrospective Reel, a blog about film in the digital age. [Note: I am not in the habit of disclosing the content of personal emails. I was so struck by Adam’s observations that I asked his permission to use the edited version of his email. He told me to use it as I wished.} In… Read More

LSD – Operation Julie: Inside and Undercover

LSD? Read on … LSD was seized in massive quantities by the Operation Julie team of detectives in 1977. I was part of that team of detectives and I am making good progress on my book. Here is a draft of the first part of the new book – [Edit – although much of this content remains, the book has now been rewritten and chapters reorganised. For an updated version of the first chapter and the book synopsis click here. It will take you to my new website, Stephen Bentley – Author]. What was Operation Julie? Operation Julie was a UK police investigation into the production of LSD by two drug rings during the mid-1970’s. The operation, involving 11 police forces over a 2 ½-year period, resulted in the break-up of one… Read More

What is it like to work undercover?

Undercover Work? – What’s it Like? As an undercover veteran, I was intrigued by this question when I spotted it in a  Quora forum. I was even more intrigued by the first of the answers. That answer is reproduced in full below. It is written by  Tim Dees, a criminal justice technology writer and consultant. His Quora profile adds that he is a retired police officer and criminal justice college professor, now writing on applications of technology in law enforcement and corrections. Dees is therefore an academic now and a popular one at that! His answers on Quora have exceeded 500k in the past 30 days! He is a retired cop from Reno. A lot of what he says below is correct, but I do take issue with… Read More

Undercover Cop – What Would You Do Next?

Try Your Hand at Being an Undercover Cop As an undercover cop what would you do given the following situation? It happened to me in real life and the detail of the encounter will be revealed in full in my forthcoming book.  The chapter will also reveal just what happened and the results. I’ll give you a clue – think out of the box! Undercover cop  police work is dangerous, no more so than when you have infiltrated, like me, close to the top echelons of a major drugs cartel. Possibly one of the largest gangs that ever existed, and the work I did certainly helped result in  one of the largest seizures of drugs by any law enforcement agency anywhere in the world! Here is… Read More

My True Undercover Detective Book is One Step Closer

To Being Completed …… Three cheers and a huge hip hurrah for my sister! She arrived in the Philippines last week suitcase full of my important stuff I had left behind in England. The Holy Bible that Dad bought for us all when we were kids. It must have cost a fortune then back in the day and boy! It’s heavy! Five kilograms in weight! I love that Book, not just because of the Scriptures, but also because it is replete with prints of famous Rembrandts and Reubens paintings depicting Biblical scenes. As you are aware, from my newsletter, I have a “forthcoming book” in the pipeline. It is my story. A true story of a remarkable part of my life as an undercover detective… Read More

A Day in the Life of an Operation Julie Undercover Detective

What was Operation Julie?   Operation Julie was a UK police investigation into the production of LSD by two drug rings during the mid-1970s. The operation, involving 11 police forces over a 2 ½-year period, resulted in the break-up of one of the largest LSD manufacturing operations in the world. It culminated in 1977 with enough LSD to make 6.5 million ‘tabs’ (with a street value of £6.5M) being seized, 120 people arrested in the UK and France and over £800,000 discovered in Swiss bank accounts. In 1978, 15 defendants appeared at Bristol Crown Court. It took a month for the prosecution to deliver the incriminating evidence. Kemp pleaded guilty and received 13 years in jail, as did Todd. Fielding and Hughes were sentenced to 8 years. In total,… Read More

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