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The International Heroin Case That Became The Biggest Bust In U.S. History (Chapter 1)

Excerpts from the exciting new book
by former FBI Agent Geoff Doyle

About The Book:
Whitemare is the compelling story of the international FBI investigation that resulted in what was the largest seizure of heroin in U.S. history. It takes the reader behind the scenes in the making of this unparalleled spellbinding case and exposes for the reader's consideration the unabridged factors, which impacted daily on the agents and other investigators. It removes the myth and hype that surround many other law enforcement accounts of true crime while presenting the stress-filled and riveting moments along with the humorous, monotonous and frustrating ones. Whitemare is the unforgettable true story of a remarkable international law enforcement victory.

Second Excerpt from the Book, Chapter 1:

The hall on the westside of the 28th floor of the New York office of the FBI was handsomely appointed. The carpets were new and the walls were covered with large beautifully framed pictures of New York City during various firework-illuminated celebrations. The expensive look was in sharp contrast to the spartan working spaces on the eastside of the floor and the four floors below, which were occupied by the agents and support staff of the largest office of the Bureau.

The westside was the location of the executive offices. It also hosted the Assistant Director’s executive conference room, which was used for all manner of official functions. This particular morning it would be the site for a multi-agency press conference.

As Special Agents Geoff Doyle and Dan Bellich made their way toward the conference room for the scheduled press conference, they were amazed by the crowd that had assembled. They had both seen many press conferences, Doyle in New York and Bellich in his office in the FBI’s Chicago Field Division. Neither had ever seen anything like this.

The conference room was overflowing with camera crews from every imaginable network, local and national. Print reporters were present in abundance, with their hand held recorders, while hoards of still photographers were poised for action.

Doyle mused at the irony of the situation. He and Bellich stood anonymously among the crowd at the rear of the room, while more than 20 officials from the FBI, New York City Police Department and the US Attorney’s Office had found places of prominence in the front of the room, framing the podium and in full sight of the media. He wondered to himself how many of them had been aware of the case before that morning. He knew the number was much smaller that the number now posing for pictures.

FBI Assistant Director of the New York Office Jim Fox was the first to speak. He was followed by New York City Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Condon and finally by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Andy Maloney. Fox announced to the assembly the successful completion of a landmark case “code-named Whitemare.” He described it as a “nightmare for those arrested.”

He went on to explain that the case was the largest and most complex heroin investigation in US history. It had involved hundreds of investigators from six countries and global electronic surveillance. Condon explained that the enormity of the success was the result of unprecedented interagency cooperation. Maloney described the case as being four times as large as the largest French Connection era case. They were all right but only Doyle and Bellich knew exactly why.

As the cameras flashed and the plaudits were passed around the front of the room, Doyle and Bellich smiled at each other with the knowledge that they and their fellow investigators had given the bosses this moment of glory. They both knew much better than anyone at the front of the room the reality of the cooperation issues, the global wire-taps and the countless hours spent on the case by hundreds of international investigators. They also knew what it had taken to make the case and all the reasons that it could have fallen far short of this incredible victory.

Basking in this remarkable moment, Doyle’s mind wandered along the journey that had started so long ago and had brought him and his Chicago partner to the conference room that day. In the midst of the flashing of the cameras and the rolling videotape his mind took him back to the beginning ...

Geoff Doyle wanted to be an FBI Agent for as long as he could remember. In 1979 he got the opportunity and embarked on a journey that would take him a decade later to the world of Southeast Asian Heroin trafficking and from the streets of New York's Chinatown through the back alleys of Hong Kong and finally to the drug lords of the Golden Triangle. His second decade in the FBI found him as the supevisor of the uniquely successful team of FBI agents and New York City detectives who made up Squad C-25.

Agent Doyle retired in 1999 and is now the Director of Investigations for IPSA International, a premier provider of investigative and security services worldwide.

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