TAKEDOWN: How an Undercover Cop Dismantled the Biggest Drug-Smuggling Ring in Maine Sep04

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TAKEDOWN: How an Undercover Cop Dismantled the Biggest Drug-Smuggling Ring in Maine

Published by Duffin Creative, distributed by Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, 2015

In 1982 Vietnam veteran John Arnold was a detective sergeant in the small town of Sanford, Maine. Working with the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, Arnold went undercover as a crooked cop, receiving kickbacks for “looking the other way” as drug dealer Michael Sanborn flew huge shipments through the local airport. Eventually Arnold met the “big boss,” Richard Lowell Stratton, a Texas ranch owner whose involvement in the drug trade stretched back more than a decade.

A task force armed with federal search warrants captured 1,500 pounds of Stratton’s marijuana and hashish — the largest such bust in the state of Maine at the time. A manhunt ensued and the case finally went to trial, where Stratton insisted he was just a writer researching a book on the drug trade. The aftermath of the case involved the mysterious death of a key witness — a murder that has never been solved.

Takedown uncovers the police investigation into an international drug smuggling ring, told by the cop who made the bust . . . and how the case forever changed the lives of the cop and the smuggler.

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