Monthly Archives: March 2013

South Beach Colombianos

The first thing the DEA asked of me, as a confidential informant, was not to change my cellular number. Well, from out of the blue, a Colombian guy I’d known for years, Lalo, and never suspected of any type of … Continue reading

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Entrapment

                      Entrapment Definition: when a defendant claims that he or she would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing so by law enforcement officials. “Entrapment never happens,” DEA special agent Steve told me once. “There is too … Continue reading

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The Golden Rules

            The Golden Rules He who has the Gold makes the  rules! “Breaking Bad” Once I decided to break bad, I wanted to learn from someone wise, someone who’d been smuggling drugs for a long period of time.  My friend … Continue reading

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“El Maestro”

Characters of The Baggage Handler Pedro El Maestro / The teacher Pedro recruited me and taught me the drug trade. Pedro was born in Cuba and came to the United States at a young age. He spent most of his … Continue reading

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Undercover

PRAY FOR THE BEST, EXPECT THE WORST This was DEA Special Agent David’s favorite quote. Although certainly better than going to jail, being a confidential informant was no cake walk. I was thrown into the fire. First, when CIs go … Continue reading

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JJ Gonzalez “The Baggage Handler”

I was an American Airlines employee for 20 years,  a ramp worker (the guys with the ear muffs) and  also a Skycap before I turned bad — helping a Columbia Cartel  smuggle drugs through Miami International Airport.  I got caught … Continue reading

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“El Griego”

Cast of Characters from my forthcoming book, The Baggage Handler: El griego El griego was the third piece of our drug operation. (The others were Mano and myself.) Mano shipped the drugs from Venezuela to the U.S. El griego received … Continue reading

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