China-US Cooperation and the New Opium War

I’m quoted several times in today’s article in The Diplomat, discussing China’s cooperation with the US in combating opioids.

http://thediplomat.com/2017/08/china-us-cooperation-and-the-new-opium-war/

CNN Declassified

My interview with CNN and the CNN Declassified episode about the capture of the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker were postponed last week because of news coverage of the riots in Charlottesville.

Both my interview and the airing of Heroin’s Godfather: Haji Baghco have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 9th, starting at 8:50 p.m.

I hope you can watch.

LEO Round Table – August 7, 2017

Episode 312: Intrusive medical exams / Stopping fleeing suspects.

http://leoroundtable.com/vaginal-rectal-exams-required-for-female-recruits-lawsuit-filed-leo-round-table-episode-312/

Episode 313: Did police plant drugs / Man with rifle killed / Doughnut problem.

http://leoroundtable.com/armed-man-fatally-shot-by-iowa-police-on-video-leo-round-table-episode-313/

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The DEA commando-style units that captured a heroin ‘godfather’

By Thom Patterson, CNN

Updated 8:25 AM ET, Thu August 10, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/world/afghanistan-war-opium-heroin-facts-declassified/index.html

Program note: Learn about the daring operation by a special DEA team who captured one of the world’s biggest heroin kingpins in Afghanistan on CNN’s Original Series “Declassified”Saturday, August 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

(CNN)In 2005, the US Drug Enforcement Administration embarked upon an unprecedented operation: to capture the man they described as “the most prolific drug dealer in the world.”

His name is Haji Bagcho, and the DEA described him as a “criminal mastermind” of one of the largest heroin operations in Afghanistan. Agency sources said he had been dealing heroin and opium — both derived from the poppy plant found in the region — since the early 1990s.

By the mid-2000s, the ties between heroin and terrorism were growing. This prompted the DEA for the first time to form special commando-style units called Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Teams (FAST), and then deploy them to Afghanistan alongside US troops fighting the war against Taliban forces.

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Watch my Appearance on CNN Declassified

On Saturday, August 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET, CNN Declassified will air Catching a Global Godfather of Heroin. 

This episode explores the arrest and conviction of Haji Bagcho, the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker and a significant Taliban benefactor. I explain the magnitude of Bagcho’s drug trafficking organization and his jihad against America.

I’m also scheduled be interviewed by CNN Anchor Ana Cabrera five or ten minutes before the episode airs, so tune in and watch.

 

LEO Round Table – July 31, 2017

Episode 306: Charging murder, Minneapolis shooting, and Ferguson lawsuit.

http://leoroundtable.com/pursuit-suspects-murderers-when-pursuing-leo-dies-do-you-agree-leo-round-table-episode-306/

Episode 307: Mayoral candidate wants to disarm police and suspect shot over 40 times.

http://leoroundtable.com/stripping-cops-of-sidearms-proposal-by-minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-leo-round-table-episode-307/

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LEO Round Table – July 24, 2017

Episode 300: Unarmed woman shot by police in Minneapolis.

http://leoroundtable.com/justine-damond-death-mystery-and-an-uncooperative-minneapolis-cop-leo-round-table-episode-300/

Episode 301: Shooting in Brazil and transgender identification.

http://leoroundtable.com/transgender-mis-gendering-by-law-enforcement-officer-in-trouble-leo-round-table-episode-301/

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LEO Round Table – July 17, 2017

Episode 294: Police with PTSD.

http://leoroundtable.com/ptsd-cop-granted-retirement-due-to-pulse-nightclub-leo-round-table-episode-294/

Episode 295: Should Physical standards apply to everyone?

http://leoroundtable.com/fitness-test-discriminates-against-female-cops-judge-says-in-colorado-leo-round-table-episode-295/

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LEO Round Table – July 10, 2017

Episode 288: Disinformation endangers police.

http://leoroundtable.com/assassination-of-nypd-officer-increased-violence-against-leos-leo-round-table-episode-288/

Episode 289: Why guns don’t cause violence and why we need them.

http://leoroundtable.com/u-s-gun-death-debate-what-is-the-cause-leo-round-table-episode-289/

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Steel on Steel Interview

Listen to my interview about drugs and narco-terrorism on Steel on Steel News radio with John Loeffler.

https://www.steelonsteel.com/

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s mission is to enforce drug laws and bring to justice criminals and organizations who endanger our country through illegal drug trafficking. Retired DEA Special Agent Jeffrey Higgins (www.jeffreyjameshiggins.com) joins us on security weekend to discuss the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism and examine the pros and cons of legalizing certain drugs.

LEO Round Table – July 3, 2017

Episode 282: Are police officers conservative?

http://leoroundtable.com/republican-cops-are-most-cops-republican-and-if-so-why-leo-round-table-episode-282/

Episode 283: Castile video released / Unintended consequences.

http://leoroundtable.com/st-anthony-police-screw-off-jeronimo-yanez-in-philando-castile-case-leo-round-table-episode-283/

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LEO Round Table – June 26, 2017

Episode 276: Travel ban / Viewer questions / Citizen arrest.

http://leoroundtable.com/should-citizens-duct-tape-burglars-for-police-leo-round-table-episode-276/

Episode 277: Barricaded suspect response analyzed.

http://leoroundtable.com/would-you-have-shot-this-armed-doctor-leo-round-table-episode-277/

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A Trail Runner’s Botched Bear Encounter

A miscalculated interaction with a black bear provides useful lessons on how to react to large predators on the trails.
Photo by Jitze Couperus / Creative Commons 2.0 / Trail Runner magazine

Trail Runner Magazine

By Jeffrey James Higgins

Published on July 5, 2017

The only sounds came from my running shoes striking the dirt road and my even breathing. Cool air stung my legs. Tall pines towered over the road and the smell of decomposing leaves and pine was thick in the air. Sweat beaded on my bald head under my cap, my heart pounded and my muscles warmed and loosened, melting my stress away. I was healthy, strong, and alive.

I felt lucky.

I was deep in the woods of North Carolina’s Great Dismal Swamp for a week of counter-terrorism training with members of the 101st Army Airborne Division and my DEA tactical team, as part of my job as a special agent. I’d finished each day of training with this five-mile run.

My thoughts drifted as I ran. I was thinking about home when something caught my attention—movement in a small clearing at the edge of the road. I slowed slightly, straining to see a black form through the moonless night. Was that an animal or was my mind turning shadows into monsters? I was 70 yards away when my brain recognized the shape.

Bear.

I stopped and froze. It was massive, nothing at all like the 250-pound bears that had wandered through my campsites in Maine when I was a child. This creature was 800 pounds of Ursus Americanus.

I stood in the middle of the road staring. The bear had its head down, looking straight ahead and not at me. I backed up slowly, then turned and walked towards the guard shack that marked the end of the road, glancing over my shoulder as I moved. I waited there, watching my breath rise in the air, feeling the sweat cooling on my back. I was at the outer limit of the property and this was the only road back to the training camp. I waited. Then waited some more.

After 10 minutes, I slowly jogged back towards the camp, moved quietly on the balls of my feet. I rounded the curve in the road and there he was. The bear hadn’t moved.

I reviewed my options. I could stand in the road out of sight and wait for the bear to leave, but it was cold, dark and getting late. I could keep jogging and hope the bear didn’t notice me, but I was pretty sure bears are faster than men. I could backtrack to the guard shack and ask the security guard to drive me to camp, but this would subject me to years of ridicule from the 101st Airborne soldiers and my fellow DEA agents. I’d rather deal with the bear than have to tell them I was scared.

I don’t know much about animals, having lived in cities for most of my life. My knowledge of bears came mostly from cartoon bears with picnic baskets and trips to the zoo. Maybe I could scare the bear away. I’d read somewhere that bears were scared of load noises. It worked with squirrels. I took off my gloves so I could clap my hands and pulled a small flashlight out of my pocket. The light would certainly scare the bear. Right?

I jogged around the bend and there was the bear. My heart sank, but at least I had a plan. “Hey,” I shouted and clapped my hands. The bear’s head shot up and he looked right at me. I shivered, then clapped again.

“Get out of here.” The bear didn’t move. He was 60 yards away.

I continued jogging towards the bear, clapping and yelling. If I stopped and ran, he would probably chase me and kill me. Fifty yards.

I picked up my speed and shined my flight light into the bear’s face. His eyes glowed like a demon. Forty yards.

I yelled at the top of my lungs, clapping and flashing my light at the bear. He didn’t budge. This was not how the plan was supposed to unfold. Thirty yards.

The bear stood up on his hind legs, lifting his front paws up like a boxer. He must be 12 feet tall. Twenty yards.

The bear wasn’t moving, but I was out of options and fully committed. I left the roadway and ran across the clearing directly at the bear. He loomed larger and his features came into focus. I could see his teeth. In a dozen strides I’d have to jump up and punch him in the nose. That works with sharks, right? Ten yards.

I let out my best war cry and waved my arms over my head, coiling myself, preparing to jump. Suddenly, the bear twisted violently to his left, dropped onto his front paws and fled. He hit the tree line with a crash, breaking branches and trampling saplings. It sounded like he was driving a car through the woods.

Without breaking stride, I circled back to the road. I’ve never run faster.

Back in the safety of our camp, I relayed my ordeal to an agent who had grown up in the mountains.

“You did everything wrong,” he said, shaking his head. By running at the bear I posed a threat. Waving my hands over my head mimicked the behavior of another bear challenging his territory. Since I was shinning a light in his eyes and restricting his already poor vision, I probably looked like another bear.

I should have been mauled to death. I don’t know why that behemoth backed down. Maybe the military axiom “victory goes to those who act first with overwhelming violence” also applies to bears. Maybe the bear never saw anyone act so stupidly and didn’t want to wait to see if I was dangerous.

Maybe I was just lucky.

Jeffrey James Higgins is a freelance writer and former DEA special agent.

LEO Round Table – June 19, 2017

Episode 270: Attack on Republican congressional members.

http://leoroundtable.com/capitol-police-kill-gunman-on-video-save-republicans-leo-round-table-episode-270/

Episode 271: Attack on Muslims in London.

http://leoroundtable.com/london-terrorist-attacks-muslims-outside-mosque-leo-round-table-episode-271/

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LEO Round Table – June 12, 2017

Watch five episodes of the LEO Roundtable, from the show on June 12, 2017. Jeffrey discusses terrorism, gangs, theories of deterrence, and the use of force.

Episode 264: Jeffrey urges the UK to arm their police in light of the London Bridge attack and suggests that incapacitation is the way to reduce terrorism.

http://leoroundtable.com/terrorist-attacks-abroad-recently-released-video-leo-round-table-episode-264/

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LEO Round Table – June 5, 2017

On June 5, 2017, Jeffrey discussed Islamic terrorism and police use of force on the LEO Round Table podcast.

  1. Addressing Islamic terrorism and censorship on the internet.

http://leoroundtable.com/terror-in-london-police-fight-and-arrest-12-leo-round-table-episode-258/

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LEO Round Table – May 29, 2017

Jeffrey analyzes statistical problems, shooting tactics, advances in technology, and behavioral profiling on the May 29th episode of the LEO Roundtable.

Statistical problems and why gun-free zones don’t work:

http://leoroundtable.com/why-combat-profiling-works-and-gun-free-zones-dont-leo-round-table-episode-252/

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