Some stories are stranger than fiction. And though the tale of Barry Seal – drug smuggler, double-crosser, pilot extraordinaire – has now been transformed into a raucous Hollywood caper with Tom Cruise at the helm, the true story would be too outlandish for even the most imaginative screenwriter to pen. Drug and Weapons Smuggler, DEA Informant was an American airline pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel. Barry Seal flew cocaine and weapons worth billions of dollars into and out of America in the 1980s. When Seal was convicted of smuggling charges, he became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration and testified in several major drug trials. But his real trouble began after he threatened to expose the dirty dealings of George HW Bush. He was murdered in 1986 by contract killers hired by Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellín Cartel. This book is harrowing, action-packed, and interlinked true stories that demonstrate the devastating consequences of drug prohibition.