Drug warrior : inside the hunt for El Chapo and the rise of America's opioid crisis

by Riley, Jack, 1958-

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DEA Agent Jack Riley, "[Chicago's] most famous federal agent since the days of The Untouchables " ( - Rolling Stone ) tells the inside story of his 30-year hunt for the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, and reveals the true causes of the American opioid epidemic.

Jack Riley, grandson of a Chicago cop known for using his fists, was born to be a drug warrior. Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who farmed marijuana and opium poppies as a teenager in Mexico, was born to be a drug lord. Their worlds collided when Riley, a career special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, was promoted to lead the fight against Chapo on the border at El Paso.

Drug Warrior is the story of Riley's decades-long hunt for the world's most wanted drug lord, set against the rise of modern international drug trafficking, and America's spiraling opioid epidemic. Jack Riley started his career as an undercover street agent in Chicago busting small-time dealers. By the time he worked his way up to second in command of the DEA-a post few field agents ever reach-he had overseen every major mission to capture foreign drug kingpins since the 1990s, and had witnessed first-hand how El Chapo changed the game. As brilliant as he was lethal, Chapo not only decimated his competition, he foresaw Americans' dependence on opioids and heroin, and manipulated supply to increase demand. Riley's story culminates as he and the DEA win their greatest victory-the capture and extradition of his long-time nemesis-and Chapo faces his darkest fear: U.S. justice.

A riveting memoir of life inside the drug wars, and a never-before-seen glimpse of the inner-workings of the DEA, Drug Warrior is a critical examination of how America's opioid crisis came to be, and the extraordinary people fighting it.
Glory days, 1986
The mentor
Good cops bad guys
The brothers
No-name office
Back with a vengeance
Get shorty
Saint Louis blues, 2000
New sheriff in town, 2007
The stark truth
Homeward bound
Border town
Public enemy no. 1
Long distance runaround, 2014
The suit
Shorty redux.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Retired DEA agent Riley reviews his three decades of combating drug traffickers in this gripping memoir. Riley was at the forefront of the efforts to apprehend Mexican drug lord JoaquA-n "El Chapo" GuzmA¡n Loera, currently on trial in New York for drug trafficking. Riley joined the DEA in 1985 and soon began working undercover, where he quickly realized the futility of racking up arrest statistics that removed a street dealer from a corner for a short while, but did nothing to address the larger organization supplying that dealer. His successes led to more and more responsibility within the DEA, where he pushed for interagency efforts to target entire cartels. In 1995, he heard about El Chapo, a Mexican crime boss who stood out because the Colombians paid him in drugs to distribute their cocaine within the U.S. Other Mexican drug lords soon followed El Chapo's lead, and with their own supply of cocaine, they were able to push the Colombians out of the U.S. market. Over the course of decades, Riley zealously pursued El Chapo, efforts that eventually paid off with his most recent apprehension in 2016 and his extradition to the U.S. Riley doesn't regard the war on drugs as close to over, noting that law enforcement can't be solely responsible for combating widespread drug addiction. This accessible look at the dangerous work of the men and women of the DEA deserves a wide audience. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Chapo, -- 1957-
Riley, Jack, -- 1958-
United States. -- Drug Enforcement Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
United States. -- Drug Enforcement Administration.
Drug dealers -- Mexico.
Drug traffic -- Mexico -- History.
Fugitives from justice -- Mexico.
Drug enforcement agents -- United States -- Biography.
Drug control -- United States -- History.
Opioid abuse -- United States -- History.
Drug control.
Drug dealers.
Drug enforcement agents.
Drug traffic.
Fugitives from justice.
Opioid abuse.
United States.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description pages cm
ISBN 9781602865839
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