From Drug Queen to Informer to Hostage--a Harrowing True Story

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"Raised an aristocrat in Colombia and educated in European schools, Pilar transfixes everyone with her charm and her guile. She also falls for dangerous men and finds herself drawn into the highest levels of the cocaine trade. After two failed marriages and a harrowing escape from the drug life, she settles down to a quiet existence in Florida with her children--until her second husband tries to cut short his prison term by giving her name over to members of a new task force being formed by the DEA. They induce Pilar, now a middle-aged woman, to infiltrate the Cali cartel as the head of a vast money laundering sting. Named "Operation Princess," the scheme leads to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, along with some $500 million worth of cocaine and the exposure of hundreds of high-level traffickers, becoming one of the most daring and successful stings in DEA history. But Pilar plays her part too well. Her success as a money launderer gets her kidnapped and then ransomed by a band of guerrillas in South America--and the US government refuses to negotiate. It's left to her low-level handlers in the DEA to get her back, before it's too late and her kidnappers discover they have a federal agent in their clutches."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: A knock on the door
Miss Columbia
Arriving in Paradise
Prince of the City
Meeting "Boston George"
Happy again
Tom Selleck returns
Bye-bye, Ernesto
Operation Princess
First pickup
The deluge
Pilar's "excitement mode"
Taking heat from the AG
Joe blows a fuse
Some really bad shit
So stupid!
The cow will be killed
What's wrong with me?
Hiding the weenie
Do it while I'm sleeping
Enter Nixon
Into the jungle
Woo, woo, Mamasota!
The verdict
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 363.45092 P
Characteristics: 313 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781250031778


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