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Retired from DEA in 1990 as Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division. During his years with DEA he was referred to as an “S. O. B. on the side of the angels” (Boston Herald Magazine) and “the most famous narc in America” (New York Magazine).
Bob became a street agent with DEA in 1965. In 1970, at age 27, he became the youngest supervisor (GS-14) in the history of the agency. In 1971, he formed the International Training Division where he remained in charge until 1976 when he became Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs. In 1979, at age 36, Bob was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division (again, the youngest in DEA history). In 1985, Bob was given the responsibility of SAC of the New York Field Division (the largest division) where he remained until his retirement in 1990.
Bob was often credited with bringing “crack” to national attention and emphasizing the role of prevention activities in drug law enforcement. As a result William F. Buckley credited him with “single handedly changing the policy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.”
In addition Bob has been the Special Consultant on substance abuse for both CBS and PBS. He has appeared regularly on 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Today, Good Morning America. He was recently featured in the award winning PBS Frontline documentary entitled “The Drug Wars”. His best selling autobiography “Dead on Delivery” was published by Warner Books.
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