Smuggler's End: The Life and Death of Barry Seal

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Pelican Publishing Company, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal had a brief, but spectacular, career as a cocaine smuggler-turned DEA informant. At the height of his career, he was under investigation by the DEA in Mena, Arkansas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to being under the watchful eye of the FBI. Despite the heat surrounding Seal, he made a drug run to Nicaragua in 1984, where he picked up 1,465 pounds of cocaine and took photos of Sandinista soldiers loading the drugs. Then the Washington Post leaked the story, revealing that Seal was working undercover for the CIA. As a result of the article, Seal has long been identified as an undercover CIA informant. The conspiracy revolving around this supposition included the attorney general, FBI agents, Gov. Bill Clinton, and others inside the CIA.

Author Del Hahn, who worked on the FBI drug task force that targeted Seal, presents a different story. Hahn begins by calling into question the accuracy and legitimacy of the primary literary sources that support these "CIA/Mena myths." In doing so, Hahn aims to dispel the distorted stories, rumors, and outright lies about Seal, the government's investigation of him, and the actions that led to his murder by Colombian drug lords in 1986 at a halfway house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Marine veteran Del Hahn received a bachelor of science in commerce from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, under the GI Bill. He worked as a parts expeditor for the Euclid Road Machinery Division of General Motors and as a revenue officer for the IRS in Toledo, Ohio, before joining the FBI as a special agent. He is self-employed as a private investigator and lives with his wife, Carolyn, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tom Aswell is an award-winning journalist who worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for twenty-five years. His work has appeared in nine Louisiana newspapers including the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Monroe News-Star, and the Ruston Daily Leader. Aswell writes a political blog called LouisianaVoice, which was named by the Washington Post as one of the top 100 political blogs in the nation. He lives outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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