In a Liverpool night club, the Canadian mobster said, "Are you guys cops?"
Steve Jackson heard him. His blood ran cold.
Jackson wasn't his real name. He was an undercover cop.
Ever wondered about the life of an undercover cop?
What it takes to infiltrate a worldwide drugs gang?
What it feels like to live a double life? – To ‘live a lie.’
Read this gripping true story of Britain's biggest drug bust.
Stephen Bentley is a former police Detective Sergeant and barrister (trial attorney) from the UK. He is now a freelance writer and HuffPost UK contributor on undercover policing.
His memoir 'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story' is a frank account of his undercover detective experiences during Operation Julie - an elite group of detectives who successfully investigated one of the world's largest drugs rings.
Stephen also writes fiction including the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series.
When he isn't writing, Stephen relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family where he now lives.
In 1978, 15 defendants appeared at Bristol Crown Court. Most of the defendants pleaded guilty owing to the mass of incriminating evidence. Richard Kemp pleaded guilty and received 13 years in jail, as did Henry Todd. Nigel (Leaf) Fielding and Alston Hughes (Smiles) were sentenced to 8 years. In total, the 15 defendants received a combined 124 years in jail.