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

I recently spent some time in Rio with my heroic friend @raullsantiago who is at the forefront of this insane violence targeted against the poor I was stunned by what I saw

To promote prohibition, politicians perpetually put out propaganda to persuade the public that pot, pills and powders were poisonous and problematic.
Now, many believe prohibition should be ended but are unsure how to get people to un-believe the lies they told them #unbelievable

Anyone using the hashtag #JC4PM really should be getting behind this petition to scrap imprisonment for Council Tax debts.

As should all @LibDems and sensible, moderate @ConHome members.

In fact is there anyone who really wants to lock up the poor and vulnerable in 2019?

I have (gulp) given a new Ted talk. It’s about what is causing our rising epidemic of depression & anxiety – and, most importantly, how we can solve them

Remembering Nicola & Fiona.
Rest peacefully you beautiful human beings...

“I believed that what I did was morally wrong and that the people that the #WarOnDrugs was attacking were often the people who needed help and support”

@TessietheWriter meets #LEAP members around the world incl LEAP UK's @Iamthe6ofClubs.


The police movement is growing rapidly across the world. This momentum is hugely important. Please follow and support @UKLEAP @EuropeLEAP @leapdeutschland @LeapScandinavia @LEAPAUST @PoliceForReform
We will help bring change because people listen to us. RT v v

Child victims of human trafficking prosecuted despite CPS rules | County lines | The Guardian ⁦@UKLEAP⁩ ⁦@wudzee0⁩

Thanks to all who take the @UKLEAP

Very weak Editorial from @guardian on county lines. With more senior figures recognising this issue stems from prohibition and poverty, I hope media leaders will follow by backing legal regulation.

Our episode with @johannhari101 has come up on social media a few times lately: We spoke to Johann about his extensive research on his book Lost Connections. Is society getting lonelier?


❗️The campaign is delighted to announce our fringe event at @UKLabour conference this month

🔴Title: Labour on Drugs - our policies for a General Election

‼️Panel: @wudzee0, @LordCFalconer, @SharonHodgsonMP, @ThangamMP, @JeffSmithetc

🎟️Via link

How have drugs impacted your life?

The YourVoices campaign is sharing real life stories about drugs in the UK...

Share your story here ➡️

'Police can never reduce the size of the drugs market, only change the shape of it.' @wudzee0 #goodcopbadwar @AssocPCCs

Medicinal cannabis is legal.

England’s Chief Medical Officer says it can benefit MS patients.

Lesley has no NHS access.

Her private prescription costs £1k every month.

So she grew her own plants.

Now she’s being prosecuted.

Read & share her story ➡️

Once again a policy based on the completely false premise that ever increasing prison sentences will help reduce crime and help victims.

ALL of the evidence shows that sending people to prison for longer and longer leads to MORE crime and more victims.

If you’re at the Labour Conference please come to the event! I’m with some brilliant speakers

@MPSCamandPrim I'm Camden born & bred.... would really like you to read and respond to this piece please. It seems this form of policing is doing more harm than good.


Reform our drug laws, protect our children!!!