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

Personal opinion: "Without PCCs, it is likely that local drug policy reforms would lack the ambition and the honesty that they do...PCCs are the final piece of that puzzle, capable of the strategic leadership needed to drive through reform." #Drugs #Reform
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You certainly get some interesting insights and testimonies from our valued LEAP UK members. Frank spent many years in the police, much of it undercover, he saw the full effect of our drug laws and what they create:

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Thank you so much for spreading the word Aimee! Glad you enjoyed it. Have you read Good Cop Bad War? @JSRafaelism #DrugWars

.@alupicabr asks, 'Why are crack abuse rates rising in England?'

Includes commentary from LEAP UK
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We welcome this piece published by pioneering Police Crime Commissioner @ArfonJ who has been very courteous and patient listening to the concerns of the local and national cannabis community made up of patients, caregivers and believe it or not - healthy people that enjoy it too. https://t.co/ftM0zP6N7n

Sending support and love to all the extinctionrebellion marchers down in London this week. In the face of mainstream political indifference/ corporate collusion... it's difficult to defend… https://t.co/GutgagSAFt

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If there are people around to write history books in the future, they will look back at the @ExtinctionR protestors and think they were the sanest people of our time. Read The Unihabitable Earth by @dwallacewells if you don’t know why.

Exactly why we need a regulation model instead of leaving the safety of our children in the hands of Organised Crime. #DealersDontAskForID https://t.co/CY8osDuXh9

Cops who have seen the drugs trade up close will have no option other than to come to the same conclusion. https://t.co/rU4adUYiUm

Regulate #cannabis to stop drugs gangs and grow your own, says Police and Crime Commissioner & LEAP UK member @ArfonJ.
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Patients already signing up for cannabis clinic despite price tag £250 and £800 a month when you could grow you own!! #righttogrow @c_cannabiscafe https://t.co/9o4qlsYmlw

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I’m having a read of @podbible on the train. It’s perfect commute literature! I had the pleasure of speaking to Cariad Lloyd of the phenomenon that is @thegriefcast

Digital version can be read here:
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Any new followers if you’re interested in the topic of drug policy the best possible resource online is the Stop and Search podcast hosted my my good friend @JasonTron
It’s award winning (it beat BBC Blue Planet pod!)
Episodes..
https://t.co/fK2yvePNWE
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Glad you enjoyed it Ross and thanks for spreading the word! Maybe try Drug Wars next? @JSRafaelism

Thanks for the kind words and for spreading the word Nic #DrugWars

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