Busted - Martyn Pritchard (Paperback)

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Martyn Pritchard, a hippy, drug squad detective, based in Oxford, lived and worked undercover for 5 1/2 years, during the 1970s. A young warden was cultivating a plot of cannabis plants in the Lions' Reserve at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire. This became an inquiry for the detective and a potential story for a Mirror reporter, which is how the author and detective met. Together they became entrenched in the biggest drugs scandal Britain has ever known.

Product Details

Barcode
9781912624058
Department
Books
Released
6 Sep 2018
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Edward Laxton
Martyn Pritchard
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Mirror Books
Edition
2nd New edition
Language
English
Dimensions
198 x 129 x 18mm (198g)

Annotation

This book covers the adventures within the operation from Det Sgt Martyn Pritchard's unique perspective, along with some of his further exploits along the way, including the launch of the Reading Music Festival; the expose of Howard `Mr Nice' Marks; and the perils and rigours of living and working undercover in the 70s.

Summary

Martyn Pritchard, a hippy, drug squad detective, based in Oxford, lived and worked undercover for 51/2 years, during the 1970s. A young warden was cultivating a plot of cannabis plants in the Lions&; Reserve at Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire. This became an inquiry for the detective and a potential story for a Mirror reporter, which is how the author and detective met. Together they became entrenched in the biggest drugs scandal Britain has ever known. The same Longleat warden had also offered up LSD tabs&;any amount from 1,000 to 10,000 at a time&;which led to the start of "Operation Julie," still the biggest UK drug "bust" ever, with 130 arrests and 214 years in sentences for the masterminds. This book covers the adventures within the operation from Det Sgt Martyn Pritchard&;s unique perspective, along with some of his further exploits along the way, including the launch of the Reading Music Festival; the expose of Howard "Mr Nice" Marks; and the perils and rigors of living and working undercover in the 1970s.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
True Crime
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Criminology
BISAC Subject 2
True Crime / Organized Crime
BISAC Subject 3
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Subject 4
True Crime / General
BIC Classification 1
Memoirs
BIC Classification 2
Drugs trade / drug trafficking
BIC Classification 3
Organized crime
BIC Classification 4
True crime
Library Subject 1
Drug control - England - Oxford
Library Subject 2
Criminal investigation - England - Oxford
Library Subject 3
Criminal investigation
Dewey Classification
364.177092

Author Bio

Edward Laxton is a former Mirror and Daily Express reporter who worked on Fleet Street for over 30 years. Now retired, he continues to write the occasional feature, travelogue, publicity piece and, more recently, blog post. Edward has three children and lives in South Oxfordshire.