By Clive Small
The riveting story of 2 sincere and brave cops whose lives have been approximately destroyed by means of the strain, the risk and bad isolation of residing lifestyles undercover.
I've cheated, lied and deceived humans. I've ruined marriages, ruined lives, ruined relationships, ruined the future health of others, let alone my own.'
What is it particularly wish to reside as an undercover cop? Joe and Jessie joined the NSW Police believing they can make a distinction, yet their complete existence grew to become a lie. They have been police officers pretending to be crooks. And their goals? Drug purchasers, felony gangs and, worst of all, bent police.
Surviving on deceit and intestine intuition, Joe and Jessie lived in an international of substances, violence and corruption. To all yet their mom and dad they have been precisely what they appeared - a drug-dealing junkie and his female friend. after they may perhaps not suffer the strain, the chance and the poor isolation they speedy chanced on simply how on my own they truly were.
This is greater than a riveting real tale of loyalty abused and braveness betrayed. it's also a searing expoé of a police approach uncontrolled; of senior officials who, via placing secrecy certainly else, destroyed the careers and approximately the lives of 2 sincere police officers.
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Extra info for Betrayed: The Shocking Story of Two Undercover Cops
In mid-April Joe met John, who was based at Coffs Harbour, at the Mooney Tavern. Over a few drinks, Joe told John his cover story and outlined his plans. What he was proposing was a bit big for John. The man to see, he told Joe, was Roy (short for steroids and not his real name), who was the major supplier of steroids in the area. Roy had a record for receiving stolen property and drugs supply. As well as steroids, he also supplied ecstasy. A couple of days later, on 18 April, Joe met John at Argyle Place, Coffs Harbour.
He introduced the man as Garry. Garry worked out regularly in a gym and trained in martial arts. His upper body was covered in tattoos. He looked every inch the Kings Cross tough guy. Although Joe didn’t recognise him when they met, it wouldn’t take him long to put a name to the stranger. Garry was Garry Page, an eastern suburbs crook who had done jail time for murder and was suspected of being the getaway driver in the 1992 shotgun murder of 56-year-old underworld figure and standover man Desmond ‘Dessie’ Anthony Lewis.
Lawrie quickly forgot his own warnings about speaking on the phone. Over the next few weeks he became quite talkative. According to him, a friend of his in Adelaide had several pounds of speed and quite a bit of coke for sale. Some 51 BETRAYED hash was also due from Thailand but it was still a few days away. It was coming in through Brisbane. As Lawrie pressed Joe for another deal, Joe stuck to the script, wanting to see and test samples before he committed himself to large amounts. Joe’s cover story was that he did not use drugs himself—he was in the business for profit—but he had a ‘pilot’, a user who would try the drugs and assess their quality.