Funny, Funny Stories From my days at Eden, P.D.
By Michael D. Martin, E.C.P.D. Retired
About the author...Michael Martin (pictured front row, far right in the 1981 photo) is a retired veteran of 25 years on the Eden City Police Department, and has penned a number of anecdotal writings recalling his experiences.
XLII. Operation "Snowball"One of the best drug operations I have ever been involved with was "snowball" we brought in a black female SBI agent and we pared her with a coke-head that we had charges hanging over..he was her "informant" his story was that this was his girl...from Greensboro and they were scoring "coke"...
We had a situation on Henry Street where a man who ran the pool room there was fronting coke to several kids who actually stood on the streets and hawked cocaine to the traffic. We had complaints from the good people who lived along Henry Street and we saw much traffic as people from all over town drove to Henry street to buy cocaine. We started by stopping and searching cars of mostly white folks who went in there, but it did not dim the traffic. Then we had an opportunity to employ a cute little black female SBI agent from a major NC city that today....I will not name...but she was sharp as a thumbtack...We had a black coke head that wanted desperately not to go to prison..we made a deal!!! he would take her around...they would buy coke....this was his girl..she was cool. if he spilled it, we would kill him...and he believed us....with reason.
They worked Henry Street and bought from all of the street dealers, except one..then she bought from the owner of the pool hall and then she bought from the supplier to the man who ran the pool hall....we had sixty-five warrants to serve at the end of the operation. but we did not have the little smart-butt....one night, just before the raids...John Chilton and I were driving thru the area and John asked "Captain, have you got ten dollars on you? I said yes...John said..give it to me, I did...we drove onto henry street and pulled up to our smart assed dealer and John offered the ten dollar bill out the window to our smart ass...before he thought, he took the ten spot....there were several little dealers around him....John said thank you for your information brother.......so all could hear......next morning at five am we began the roundup.....the smart ass left Eden quickly and has not been seen again..
Michael D. Martin
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