Adler Berriman “Barry” Seal had a brief, but spectacular, career as a cocaine smuggler-turned DEA informant. At the height of his career, he was under investigation by the DEA in Mena, Arkansas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to being under the watchful eye of the FBI. Despite the heat surrounding Seal, he made a drug run to Nicaragua in 1984, where he picked up 1,465 pounds of cocaine and took photos of Sandinista soldiers loading the drugs. Then the Washington Post
leaked the story, revealing that Seal was working undercover for the CIA. As a result of the article, Seal has long been identified as an undercover CIA informant. The conspiracy revolving around this supposition included the attorney general, FBI agents, Gov. Bill Clinton, and others inside the CIA.
Author Del Hahn, who worked on the FBI drug task force that targeted Seal, presents a different story. Hahn begins by calling into question the accuracy and legitimacy of the primary literary sources that support these “CIA/Mena myths.” In doing so, Hahn aims to dispel the distorted stories, rumors, and outright lies about Seal, the government’s investigation of him, and the actions that led to his murder by Colombian drug lords in 1986 at a halfway house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
About the Author
Marine veteran Del Hahn received a bachelor of science in commerce from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, under the GI Bill. He worked as a parts expeditor for the Euclid Road Machinery Division of General Motors and as a revenue officer for the IRS in Toledo, Ohio, before joining the FBI as a special agent. He is self-employed as a private investigator and lives with his wife, Carolyn, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
About the Editor
Tom Aswell is a veteran newspaper reporter and editor. He publishes a blog about Louisiana politics called LouisianaVoice, which was named by the Washington Post as one of the top 100 political blogs in the nation. He is the author of Louisiana Rocks!: The True Genesis of Rock & Roll and the editor of With Edwards in the Governor’s Mansion: From Angola to Free Man, both published by Pelican. He lives with his wife, Betty, in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
The Life and Death of Barry Seal
By Del Hahn
Edited by Tom Aswell
TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
320 pp. 6 x 9
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