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Operation Julie – The Inside Story

This category is about my true undercover experiences working on one of the world’s largest ever drug busts.

My forthcoming book is currently at the second draft stage so it will not be too long before it is available. The Book List on my author website will show where and when you can buy it and my other books.


And the Winner Is … Happy Christmas

And the winner is … there are three – so Happy Christmas to all of them and my readers worldwide. All of the competition winners have now received the signed copy of my book. The winner is … Carol –   The winner is … John – The winner is … Tony – All three were winners of a signed copy of a paperback of my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story and in addition will shortly receive an Amazon gift voucher to the value of $50. They have all supported me in my efforts and helped enormously by participating fully in all my pre-publication promotions including the three competitions I ran. I value that and am most grateful to them and all the…


Edited BBC Interview with Former Undercover Detective

This article first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. Following on from a BBC News article about me and my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story, and read by over 250,000 online readers, this pre-recorded BBC author interview with Stephen Bentley (me) was aired on the BBC this week: Here are some photos from the period showing me in my other persona as Steve Jackson with some images of the “other me” right after Operation Julie then more recently. Now it’s only fair I insert some images of the other people mentioned in my book, namely Smiles and Buzz: Please consider buying and reading the book. It has some great reviews and leave one of your own. Authors do like to…

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Will This BBC Article Sell More Books?

Will This BBC Article Sell More Books? Now that is a good question and I have no idea of the answer. Generally speaking I am happy with the article as it is 99% accurate. Here it is in full and it can be found on the BBC news site.: Operation Julie: How I infiltrated a drugs gang By Dominic Blake BBC Radio Solent 2 October 2016 From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight   Image copyright STEPHEN BENTLEYImage caption As Steve Jackson, Stephen Bentley lived out of the back of a van during the surveillance operation At the age of 29, Stephen Bentley, a fresh-faced detective, turned himself into Steve Jackson, a dope-smoking, hard-drinking hippy. His time spent undercover with a gang making and distributing LSD helped bring…

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BBC Radio Interview Stephen Bentley

A BBC Radio interview with Stephen Bentley today September 30, 2016 I am talking about the subject of my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story and undercover policing in the UK. There is a second interview of some 40 minutes planned for next week.   These are some of the more recent reviews posted on Amazon: 5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and compelling By donna on 14 September 2016 Format: Paperback Steven Bentley certainly provides a compelling depiction of not only one of the largest drug busts in history, but of the LSD manufacturing and trade in general. Bentley and his partner bravely fight against the drug underworld, police corruption, greed and against their own addictions culminating from the necessity to partake in what they…

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War On Drugs: Damascene Moment?

The post below first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. As a regular reader of my blog here, you may wonder why I sometimes reproduce articles from my author site here. The answer is straightforward. It is to enable my Weekly Newsletter to include articles like this into the news feed for the newsletter. You then have a choice. when opening the Newsletter email once a week,  to read any article that piques your interest and ignore those that don’t 🙂 Please also note comments are not open here. If you wish to comment and join the debate, please click this link to go to my author website where you may say your piece. Thank you. This article continues the series of posts…

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Philippines, War On Drugs and an Undercover Cop

This article first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. The recent publication of my book ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story‘ has opened up an interesting debate about the “war on drugs,” undercover policing and related issues. This is the first in a series of articles about that debate and some other issues raised by reviews of my book. What does the War on Drugs, an Undercover Cop and the Philippines have in common? There is a certain irony in a British ex-undercover cop living in the Philippines. He went undercover on one of the world’s largest drug busts, Operation Julie, and now advocates decriminalization along the lines of the example set by Portugal. Social media is inundated with #warondrugs hashtags associated…

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Good Cop Bad War: Book Review

Good Cop Bad War is co-written by a former British undercover cop, Neil Woods with JS Rafaeli.  Of course I was keen to read it in light of my own book about my undercover cop days due for publication next Wednesday, September 14, 2016. You can find Good Cop Bad War listed here on Amazon. I must confess that the book initially irritated me for reasons which become clear in my review below. Gradually the main message of Woods seeped into my head and I did my research. I now agree that the UK should follow Portugal’s ground-breaking example in decriminalizing drug use. There will be more to follow on that point eventually. Amazon Review A Must Read For All Interested In The Debate On Decriminalization…

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Exciting New Giveaway Competition For All My Loyal Fans

Competition time again folks! Who doesn’t love a competition especially when you can win cash and have a real chance of winning (a better chance than the Lotto). This post is to announce an ‘Exciting New Giveaway Competition For All My Loyal Fans.’ You may have come here directly or through clicking on one of my “Subscribe” links either on this blog or my author website. Welcome! If you are not yet a subscriber but would like to receive my weekly newsletter and have FREE entry into the new competitions then you may subscribe here: [mc4wp_form id=”994″] This post also serves to inform you all of the final stage of my competition to win a FREE signed copy of my new book Undercover: Operation Julie…

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War on Drugs – Beware 1) Misinformation 2) Vested Interests

Disclosure: I have a book to sell and promote ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’ It is a true story of my undercover cop days infiltrating one of the world’s largest drug gangs. I make the disclosure in light of the words “vested interests” in the title of this piece. I, unlike some others, have no vested interests in the debate on drugs. As I wrote in my book, “I am   neither pro or anti-drugs.” I am all in favor of an intelligent, fact-based debate. But other than that, I have no vested interest in advocating a view about the so-called ‘War on Drugs.’ It was the BBC who said that Operation Julie was the start of the ‘War on Drugs.’ As I…


11 Reasons Why You Should Watch This Space Or Miss Out!

That’s correct – “11 Reasons Why You Should Watch This Space Or Miss Out!” There are 11 days left in August including today August 20, 2016. Your opportunity to win a FREE signed copy of “Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story” and a $50 Amazon voucher will be greatly enhanced by watching out for the final questions designed to select a lucky winner! I must express my thanks to all of you for supporting my efforts as an “indie” author and my blog. It’s truly appreciated. Let me recap on the 3 competitions I ran in connection with my book: Competition # 1 There is a winner in the competition in the post Undercover Cop – What Would You Do Next? Drum roll! And, the winner…

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