In Tregaron we also got friendly with a local guy. He lived and worked in Tregaron but that is all I am prepared to reveal about his details. I do not wish to identify him and the reason for that will become clear. I will call him Happy. He was a trusting soul and was open in his nature and in his speech. He was far from being stupid. On reflection, I believe he was trying to spice up his own life living in such a rural community. None of what he told us was ever acted upon as we never knew what, if anything, was true.
Happy told us Smiles had any amount of LSD at any given time. We knew they were on friendly terms because we often saw them together and there was a bond between them both. Before the end of June was out, Happy volunteered some information. He told us Smiles and Buzz had gone to Amsterdam to deliver acid to a painter who lived in that Dutch city. We asked no questions to prompt that revelation. He volunteered it. Happy had backed out of the trip after Smiles and Buzz invited him to go along for the ride. Or maybe it was to be a trip within a trip?
He added further detail saying that the other two would make £5000 each. His cut was to be £2500 and from Amsterdam the plan was to go on to Munich. He admitted to scoring acid on a regular basis from Smiles and selling it in Aberystwyth. That was the largest nearby university town. He would either sell for or make 50p a tab. He wasn’t clear on that point. Happy offered to get us a sample from Mary, Smiles’ wife, that day. He called this latest batch ‘Spangles’ and described the tab as a raised silver oblong.
Happy went on to claim that he scored his dope from Mary’s ex-husband. He was John Preece, from Birmingham. Happy added he could score any amount he so wished. I should correct something now that I said earlier. I said none of this information was acted upon. On reflection, I do not know whether any of it was fruitful. The raids and busts that ensued as a result of the Operation Julie investigation were huge in numbers. I never knew the full details or saw a list of those arrested. I saw no list of premises and/or vehicles raided and searched. There were over 800 police officers throughout the UK involved in the dawn raids in 1977. They were synchronised raids. I do know that John Preece received a custodial sentence for his part in the distribution network.
Blue had moved to another rented house by the end of June. It was a remote stone house in Silian at the end of a narrow farm track. We became frequent visitors there. Blue was proving to be invaluable. He introduced us to places and people in the head community for miles around. These were people we would only have met if we had stayed undercover there for the next two years or so. He seemed well-connected and well-respected by his peers. As a bonus, he was friendly with Smiles, our prime target.
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