Neil Woods

Neil Woods

Author, Journalist

Neil Woods spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover policeman – befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain. With the insight that can only come from having fought on its front lines, Neil came to see the true futility of the War on Drugs – that it demonises those who need help, and only empowers the very worst elements in society. Neil is now a board member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), a pro-legalisation advocacy group formed exclusively of ex-law enforcement officials, and he also starred on Channel 4’s Drugs Live.

Neil’s memoir, Good Cop, Bad War: My Double Life Undercover with the Drug Gangs, co-written with JS Rafaeli, was published by Ebury (Random House) in 2016.

His follow-up, A Very British War will be published by Ebury in 2018.

Neil appeared in BBC 3’s Drugs Map of Britain, where he discussed his time undercover and how it informed his current approach to drug legislation. Various publications, including the Guardian, The Mirror and Huffington Post have also featured his work.

Listen to his SOAP podcast here or hear him talk about Writing an End to the War or Drugs here.

Neil Woods @wudzee0

Reminder that Richard Walton, author of report calling for a clampdown on #ExtinctionRebellion
is the ex senior cop who retired to avoid proceedings for discreditable conduct related to #Spycops spying on the #StephenLawrence campaign during the Inquiry
https://t.co/mZVlIE6qn2 https://t.co/G7S5QX4CBT

Presenter @bbcburnsy says chat with @wudzee0 has 'really made him think' about the urgent need for drug reform. Come along tonight to our meeting in #grimsby to have your say and continue the debate. #LabourDrugReform

Tickets 🔽

https://t.co/VZQtpPMQoa

.@wudzee0 now talking to @RadioHumberside discussing the policing of #drugs relating to #countylines

Neil argues it is the tragic result of the policing of drugs. He says that current policy has forced children into drug dealing and the issue is worsening. #LabourDrugReform

Legalise Drugs to Reduce Violent Crime: An Interview With LEAP’s Greg Denham https://t.co/S5CJ7Os210

"Many #police now are starting to think it’s time to consider new options. Because all we seem to be doing is giving criminal groups the resources to be able to do other illegal things."

@paulrgregoire interviews @LEAPAUST's Greg Denham.
#drugs #crime
https://t.co/Pm0aAogSUu

Happens all across the world... The solution? Admit the global war on drugs is a sham, reform drug legislation and bring all drugs under proper, regulated control. https://t.co/Wz2k830MfZ

"How many people have to die before we do something?"

Former Police Inspector Jim Duffy on @BBCScotland calling for a radical new approach to drug policy after the schocking news of Scotland's 1187 drug deaths last year.
#HarmReduction #StopTheDeaths
@PoliceForReform @EuropeLEAP

@theJBP1 @UKLEAP @wudzee0 @mobinfiltrator @JSRafaelism @JonAustinjourn1 The corrosive damage caused by the Criminal Drugs Trade has so much money available to it & in turn creates a power so strong it is uncontrollable. The situation will not change until our Leaders tell the truth. @NCA_LynneOwens

UPDATE: We have now secured more tickets for Thursday's meeting in #Grimsby. TICKETS 👇

https://t.co/LOdfACMw6Z

Check out the coverage in the @GrimsbyLive, including quotes from speaker @wudzee0 via the link below. READ 👇

https://t.co/elivtzr3mq

In the context of the Western Cape, perhaps we should consider what the role of police should be:
@simonehaysom @wudzee0 @SAPoliceService @Zwandid @CapeTalk @dailymaverick @PresidencyZA @RonaldLamola

"No matter how many bags of drugs are piled on the table, the drug supply is never actually interrupted. Ever." https://t.co/34eFr4IUjX

If this does not tell us that drug prohibition is a cruel policy and a dangerous risk to public health, what will? https://t.co/GZirLmmEt0

Scotland had 1,187 drug-related deaths last year.

It now has a higher drug death rate than US.

It is 50 times higher than Portugal, which decriminalised drugs.

There is blood on the hands of Westminster politicians who refuse to sanction reform that can save so many lives

Truly shocking statistics emerging from @NatRecordsScot reveal there were 1,187 drug-related deaths in 2018 (up 27% in a year). In addition, drug-related deaths have more than doubled in a decade (574).

Current policy is an unmitigated disaster. #reform

https://t.co/H9KJgl1KGw

Scotland's drug deaths set to top 1,000
https://t.co/gzUbEfB1ip

This is horrific. Evidence-based reforms to reduce harm and save lives are being blocked by @ukhomeoffice. The blame for preventable drug-related deaths in Scotland lies squarely with our government.

The problem is that not only is this kind of photo-op policing based on a toxic lie—it is also a contradiction of the most basic, foundational principles of what law enforcement is actually meant to be. @sapoliceservice @askthechiefjmpd https://t.co/Oz6AEcyRQI by @wudzee0

🗓️ This Thursday we will be in Grimsby for our next public meeting

❗️Chair: @OnnMel MP for Grimsby

❗️Panel: @UKLEAP (Suzanne Sharkey & @wudzee0)

❗️@Keithhunter50 (PCC Humberside)

🎟️ Less than ten tickets remaining, available via link #LabourDrugReform

https://t.co/OcBTdWHElA

"We have to bring human rights to the fore of this argument because that is the line that has been drawn by those who would undermine our way of life."

New blog from @wudzee0
https://t.co/kCd8xUZuLp

An unusual blog for me but I believe we have to start talking in terms of liberty and human rights. Reforming drug policy is now the front line battle for our way of life.

It was good to meet you Brian. Let us know what you think