He then outlined what he had in mind for us. It involved infiltrating a small rural community in Mid-Wales. The plan centred on a village called Llanddewi Brefi. By way of explanation, Lee added that the area was full of not just the Welsh locals, sheep, and mountains. A small army of drop-out hippies lived in the area.
Lee added, “A man known as Smiles also lives in the village.”
This was the first time I heard this name.
Lee’s briefing was of necessity a monologue.
“We think Smiles, real name Alston Frederick Hughes, is a key player in the LSD distribution chain and not too far removed from the top of the tree.”
Dick Lee clarified to us that Smiles remained our prime target and we had to do our best to get close to him and his social circles.
“I don’t expect miracles. I’m sure Smiles won’t let you too close and I’m bloody positive he won’t confide in you,” Lee opined.
“I need eyes and ears on the ground. That’s why I’m asking you two.”
We soon shared Dick Lee’s opinion about Smiles’ abilities. The intelligence on Smiles showed that he was experienced in the world of dealing drugs. He was too worldly-wise to trust two complete strangers. He was a product of the Birmingham and London drug scenes. And, he had mixed with some heavy hitters before he upped sticks and moved to rural Wales.
After outlining his plan, Lee said, “Take your time. Let me know within a couple of days if you want to do it. If you do, then you’ll need to concoct a cover story. I want you in there in two weeks’ time from now.”
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