Undercover narcotics officer describes having to do speed in front of a dealer
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An undercover narcotics officer has described the frightening moment he had to take speed in front of a dealer to avoid breaking cover. Watch the incredible video below:
The panic arose after newspapers published stories ‘for years’ about the devastating impact the ‘crack epidemic in the United States’.
Because Brits were expecting a ‘huge catastrophe’ to unfold on the streets of Britain, the government instructed all police forces to prioritise the investigation of heroin and crack cocaine.
Neil was given just £20 and asked to buy a deal of drugs from a terraced house in Derby for the police for his first stint. The dealer was convicted however this meant undercover officers had to change their tactics once drug dealers caught on.
He told LADbible TV: “There was a time when I had to use amphetamine [speed] and that’s because this person who’d given it to me. I had made this really stupid mistake by basically making myself out to be a connoisseur of amphetamines and I’m clearly not.
“But this person gave me this amphetamine and he says, ‘Wow I bet you’ve never had anything like this’ and I thought, ‘No, how right you are'."
Neil felt compelled to take the drug because of the man noticed his initial reaction after being presented with the drug. “I had this moment of reticence on my face,” he said. “Which I knew he’d picked up on, and I saw this split second of suspicion at my reticence so I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to have to throw water on this fire of suspicion instantly to put it out', which meant that I had to enthusiastically dip my finger in this bag and show willing.
“And the amphetamine in this bag, this pink toxic-looking goo in this little sealy bag, turned out to be incredibly strong.
“It was 40 percent pure as opposed to what was normally five percent pure at that time in the market.”
He added: “It smelled like the urine from a glue-sniffing cat,” which is both horrifying and quite poetic.
“I sort of almost felt the mouth ulcer forming in my tongue forming on my tongue as I had it.”
To the surprise of no one, it had a drastic effect on Neil, who didn’t sleep properly for three nights and went completely without sleep for the first two nights, but there was a dark upside.
“Because I didn’t have any tolerance, it meant I was completely out of it. I was absolutely destroyed and it was not a comfortable experience at all.
“I knew enough about it, I wasn’t going to have an overdose, but it was well beyond a comfortable dose.
“I was very anxious indeed,” he shared.
“Mind you, my house has never been so tidy,” he quipped. I can tell you.
There were also ‘a small amount of times’ when he had to use cannabis.
In the same interview, Neil – who worked undercover for 14 years – discussed his toughest cases and the drug dealers he met as well as his day-to-day.
He’d ‘dress down’ to fully embrace the look and aesthetic of the ‘street community’ to avoid blowing his cover. Such as those who were ‘homeless or living in squats’ and ‘living on the edge of society’.
“I would be spending time building my legend (a cover story), making the connections, working out who it is that I can use to best introduce me further up the ladder. You know, who’s got those contacts? It’s all about finding out who knows and who is useful.”
Watch the full interview below: