Aug 20, 2012 9:23 PM by Lupita Murillo

Retired federal agent who received death threats writes a book

TUBAC-A retired federal agent, who battled drug traffickers on the Southwest Border is speaking out in a book. It's called "Sixty miles of Border".

He writes about drugs, guns, and cartels.

Terry Kirkpatrick opened up a cigar shop two months after he retired as a federal agent in Tubac. Four years later he's written a book about his experiences. Kirkpatrick says, "By reading the book they're going to see some of the trials and tribulations, the frustrations of the day to day life of an agent."
John Martin read the book. "You think you're standing there with Tom walking down the cliffs right at the border line." He's referring to the first page of the book where Kirkpatrick, then a rookie agent was on short street in Nogales Arizona. An area notorious known for smuggling. He writes he got into gunfight with a drug smuggler. He and his partner Tom were set up and then shot at.

The book includes stories about his two assignments in Mexico and the death threats against him. He talks about the drug traffickers even names them. He says he's not worried, "I guess then, I never thought about death threats, maybe I was too young and thought I was bullet proof and now I just that that they've got better things to worry about than an old retired agent."

So is he worried about sealing the border? "I do not think the border will ever be sealed." Or stopping the flow of illegal drugs, "Drugs have not ceased they have not stopped it's been probably increased a thousand fold every year since I was on the job."
He says the reason, "As long as the American people are consuming the drugs somebody is going to smuggle it over."

While the crime fighting along the Southwest border has changed Kirkpatrick says the smuggling hasn't but the level of violence has gotten worse.
He's has two more books in the works, one is fiction, the other is about a colleague, "Blood and betrayal on the border".


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