By Brian Smith
Special to the Sun
While working narcotics in the mid 1980’s, my partner and I arrested a woman several times for being under the influence of heroin. Her husband knew of a cocaine dealer that dealt in the kilo range. We teamed up with other law enforcement agencies in the county since we would be dealing with huge amounts of drugs and serious dealers. We had an undercover officer go with the Confidential Informant (CI) to go buy two kilos. Everything went really smooth as we served a warrant at a trailer park and confiscated five more kilos after the arrests.
That was around the time President Reagan bombed Libya, and Gaddafi was threatening our carriers in the Gulf of Sidra. Some of the kilos we confiscated had photos of Gaddafi. One of the Los Angeles major news channels interviewed me on the arrest. I didn’t know it at the time, but, I later learned that the interview was also aired on a national TV broadcast.
My mother and older sister were watching it on the national show and suddenly realized that it was me on their television. My mother said that she was worried because the dealers would know what I looked like and could go after me. However, my sister told her that I was wearing a fake mustache. That was enough for my mother to be relieved. (By the way, my mustache was real) -GM