Yes, you heard right. Do not buy my book…until June 29, 2017 🙂
On that date a new revised edition published by Creativia will be available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. There is plenty of new material in the revised edition – more about Smiles and me, the perils of working undercover, the ‘war on drugs,’ and revelations about the location of a huge stash of drugs that has remained buried for 40 years. I also reveal who grassed up Richard Kemp and deal with the ever-present rumours about Princess Margaret and LSD.
The headline of this post “Do Not Buy My Book’ has “tickled” a few people who have seen me use it on social media. Yet, there is a serious message contained within those words. I would hate to think of anyone forking out hard-earned money on my book then discovering a few days later there was a newer edition out. My books are written in a forthright, honest manner and I like to deal with my readers in the same vein.
This is the link to today’s article in the UK’s Sunday Express covering some of the revelations I make in the new edition – click here.
If you prefer not to click through, here is the article:
IT remains one of the biggest drug busts in history, LSD worth half a billion pounds seized from a Welsh cottage.
More than a million tablets and enough LSD crystal to make 6.5 million more were recovered by undercover police officers working on Operation Julie in 1977.
The raid, hailed as a breakthrough in the war against drugs, has passed into criminal legend and inspired books, TV dramas and even a song by The Clash.
However, one of the officers who worked on the covert police investigation believes a second stash of LSD was never found.
Stephen Bentley, who spent two and a half years posing as a hippy to infiltrate the gang, claims Richard Kemp, the chemist and ringleader, had another smaller batch of the potent drugs buried at a secret location in woodlands.
Kemp, who served a 13-year jail sentence, was secretly filmed often travelling the 50 miles between his cottage in Tregaron in West Wales to a manor house, where the drugs were being manufactured.
Ex-detective sergeant Bentley claims Kemp made the revelation in a statement to a colleague from prison a month after the LSD was found under the kitchen floor of his cottage.
He said: “When we made the seizure, Kemp had been arrested, pleaded guilty and had been remanded in custody for about nine months awaiting sentence.
“He was furious when he found out that the police had discovered this major hoard of acid and made a voluntary statement to police on December 30, 1977.“He revealed what I believe to be the whereabouts of a further stash of acid. “At no point is there any mention of police digging up and retrieving this stash.
“A friend of mine, a detective inspector who also worked on Operation Julie, was present when officers found the Tregaron stash.
“I asked him if a search was ever made of the grounds of the estate to recover a buried stash of LSD.
“He remembered Kemp had mentioned burying a stash there but because of the length of time passed, and the fact there wasn’t obvious signs of the dirt being disturbed, they hadn’t searched.
“Hopefully, if it is still out there, the proper authorities get hold of it and dispose of it rather than it ending up in the wrong hands.”
The Sunday Express has passed the information on to Dyfed-Powys police.
Mr Bentley, who now lives in the Philippines, has written a second edition of his book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story, which is out on Thursday.
He also tells how he believes David Soloman, who ran another LSD ring alongside Kemp’s, tipped off police about the Tregaron drugs to lessen his sentence.
Mr Bentley said: “Solomon was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, Kemp 13 years. Who else could have told the police where Kemp’s hidden stash lay buried? It was David Solomon.”
Operation Julie led to 120 arrests, 15 convictions and jail terms of 120 years. Police believe it removed 90 per cent of the LSD available in Britain at the time.
Officers were first alerted in 1975 when Kemp was involved in a fatal crash and a wrapper was found in the car with the words “hydrazine hydrate”, a key ingredient in the manufacture of LSD.
You may wish to check out the amazing Amazon UK reviews of the 1st edition of the book. It gets even better in the revised edition!
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