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Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

Marijuana, motorcycles, and mayhem. Deep Cover is the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of a foreign country.

Presenting: Lost Hills

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • 9 months ago
  • 13:24

We're hard at work on Season 2 of Deep Cover. But in the meantime, here's an episode of a new show from Pushkin that will keep you up at night: Lost Hills. After 35-year-old scientist Tristan Beaudette is murdered in front of his two young daughters, other victims come forward telling similar tales of a sniper in Malibu who has been shooting at campers and moving cars for the past 18 months. Always in the dark of night, at 4 a.m. The cops say they can’t connect the crimes, but then they arrest a drifter: 42-year-old Anthony Rauda, who lives under a tarp behind the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Rauda insists he's being framed. Is he the killer, or a scapegoat? To hear the rest of the Lost Hills premiere and more episodes, go to: pushkin.fm/losthills Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Bonus: The Supply Side

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • 12 months ago
  • 29:02

Jake delves into one piece of the puzzle that he didn’t quite get into in season one but has continued to intrigue him: the source. In this episode, you’ll meet Tommy Powell, a former smuggler who guides us through the import side of the marijuana industry. Starting out as a small time dealer in Michigan, Tommy winds up in Colombia inspecting marijuana crops and working as a liaison between farmers and other smugglers. Eventually, Tommy claims, he became one of the first smugglers to bring in really big loads of Colombian weed to the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Deep Cover Presents: A Suspected Chinese Spy, from Axios Today

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • 12 months ago
  • 19:44

Deep Cover presents a spy story from Axios Today. For over a year, Axios has been investigating a suspected Chinese intelligence operative who cultivated extensive ties with local and national U.S. politicians, including a sitting congressman. This special episode unravels the story of the alleged intelligence operation, which offers a rare glimpse into the lengths Beijing will go to access U.S. political circles. Axios Today is a daily 10-minute news briefing hosted by Niala Boodhoo that gets you smarter, faster. It is a co-production between Axios and Pushkin Industries. Find out more at axios.com/podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

9: 1989

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 45:38

Ned gets too close with a female source, a dangerous move that stands to end his marriage and perhaps even his career at the FBI. Meanwhile, tensions between the U.S. and Noriega ramp up. President Bush calls for an invasion of Panama. The final act in our saga ends with a full blown war.   The first version of Ned’s unpublished novel was written by James Coyne and edited by Andrea McLaughlin. Voice acting by Walton Goggins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

8: The Political Shitstorm

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 34:00

Word gets out that the smugglers have a silent partner who is none other than Manuel Noriega – the ruler of Panama, a close ally, and a top CIA asset. The three kingpins (Leigh Ritch, Mike Vogel, and Steven Kalish) all testify before Congress. Noriega is indicted in federal court. Meanwhile, Ned gets a call from a Colombian woman who says she can give him intel about suppliers. Ned thinks he finally has a shot at the source. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

7: The Honeymoon is Over

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

  • 470 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 34:08

This is the story of Leigh Ritch’s escape. It begins with his friends, Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear, visiting the Cayman Islands on their honeymoon. They start fighting, make a ruckus, and Leigh eventually takes them to Jamaica. From there, Leigh hopes to flee to Portugal, but the FBI has something else in mind. Meanwhile, back in Detroit, Ned helps lead a raid on Mike Vogel’s mansion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

6: The Silent Partner

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

  • 430 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 40:30

As Ned is in Grand Cayman working undercover to investigate Leigh Ritch, he hears talk about a “general” sometimes called “Pineapple Face.” That can only be the Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who, it turns out, has effectively become the syndicate's launderer and protector. The FBI realizes it’s on to something serious, especially when the CIA comes knocking and starts asking all kinds of suspicious questions. The little investigation that began with bikers in Detroit has now implicated the Panamanian dictator – a valuable CIA asset. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

5: A Different Kind of Animal

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 38:24

The kingpin of the smuggling syndicate – Leigh Ritch – is safely out of reach in the Cayman Islands. But he’s worried. One of his partners, the Gentleman Smuggler, is in custody. Leigh’s network may soon be exposed. He grows more paranoid, thinking his house is bugged. The syndicate's security guy, Shine, says he knows a guy who can sweep Leigh’s house. His name is Ed Thomas. (Yep, that’s Ned). So, Ned gets special permission to do undercover work abroad and sets off to Grand Cayman with Shine in tow. The first version of Ned’s unpublished novel was ghostwritten by James Coyne and edited by Andrea McLaughlin. Voice acting by Walton Goggins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

4: The Gentleman Smuggler

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 41:16

Shine takes Ned to Beaufort, North Carolina, where an abandoned boat full of marijuana had been discovered years prior. Locally, that case had gone cold, but Shine knows all about it. It was the work of an activist turned marijuana importer named Steven Kalish AKA Skip AKA the Gentleman Smuggler, a nickname earned because of his charismatic personality and distaste for violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

3: El Dorado

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 39:04

Ned makes his move on Shine by baiting him into a chili cook-off. It turns out Shine is also looking for an out, as he’s come under suspicion from his boss, a massive drug distributor named Mike Vogel. Shine runs security for Vogel’s operation, but Vogel comes to suspect that Shine is a traitor. After Shine gets shot, he’s willing to cooperate with Ned. The first version of Ned’s unpublished novel was ghostwritten by James Coyne and edited by Andrea McLaughlin. Voice acting by Walton Goggins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

2: What Will the Neighbors Think?

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 36:56

As Ned goes deeper undercover with Toby, making busts and infiltrating biker gangs, his wife Kathy begins to worry that things are going too far. But Ned is hooked, hearing chatter about a smuggling syndicate, a massive drug warehouse, and a source nicknamed Shine, who might have intel on the whole operation. Meanwhile, down in Louisiana, an abandoned smuggling barge turns up, and local authorities find a single clue: the name Shine, etched into a notepad belonging to the smugglers. The first version of Ned’s unpublished novel was ghostwritten by James Coyne and edited by Andrea McLaughlin. Voice acting by Walton Goggins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1: The Masked Man

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 42:59

Detroit FBI agent Ned Timmons busts Toby Anderson, a violent criminal who also fancies himself a budding country music star. Ned flips Toby and goes undercover as a biker, but Toby quickly goes out of control. He uses the newfound protection of the FBI to commit robberies and perhaps far worse. Most agents would give up, and send Toby to jail, but Ned has a feeling Toby might be his key to the criminal underworld. The first version of Ned’s unpublished novel was ghostwritten by James Coyne and edited by Andrea McLaughlin. Voice acting by Walton Goggins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Introducing Deep Cover

Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 03:22

Marijuana, motorcycles, and mayhem. Deep Cover is the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of foreign country. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jake Halpern. Launching July 13th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices