Former Drug Cop and Current Activist, Filmmaker and Criminal Defense Expert Witness, Barry Cooper
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“Barry was even better than he says he was. He had a knack for finding drugs and made more arrests and more seizures than all of the other agents combined. He was probably the best narcotics officer in the state and maybe the country during his time with the task force.” –Tom Finley, Commander Permian Basin Drug Task Force
Barry has received global attention by being reported in over 700 newspapers and magazines including Rolling Stones, High Times, a feature in Maxim Magazine and a front cover feature in Cannabis Culture Magazine and the Texas Observer. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows and every cable news channel including MSNBC Tucker Carlson, FOX Geraldo At Large, ABC I Caught, NBC Mike and Juliet Morning Show and NPR’s, This American Life. He has also appeared as drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS. Barry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” The movie features Barry freeing prisoners.
Barry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” The excerpt below features Barry freeing prisoners.
“The most brazen activist America has seen in decades, Barry Cooper is a highly divisive figure whose antics enraged police and made him a martyr among drug reform activists.”—Progressive Magazine
“As the top narco cop in Texas, Barry Cooper arrested hundreds of people on drug charges. Then he puffed a joint and decided to devote his life to a new cause: making sure no one gets busted again. Former Texas narc turned marijuana messiah, Barry Cooper, teaches you how to never get busted.”—Maxim Magazine
“Cooper wanted to atone. So he created the NeverGetBusted DVDs.”—NPR “This American Life”
“Barry Cooper is a hero because he is standing up and declaring the War on Drugs is not working!” –Tucker Carlson, MSNBC
“Cooper is a former narcotics officer once considered among the top cops in Texas, where more marijuana is seized each year than in any other state.” –USA TODAY
Barry was once considered one of America’s top drug agents who worked joint operations with the ATF, DEA, FBI, U.S. Military and Border Patrol. He received specialized training in narcotics interdiction methods such as undercover operations, reversal operations, search warrants, K-9’s and highway interdiction. In 2006, Barry was the first to blow the whistle on drug dog false alerts.
Barry is currently a law lecturer, criminal defense expert witness and filmmaker who operates the popular website, NeverGetBusted.com. In 2006, as a form of penance, he used his experience as a former drug agent to produce a series of instructional videos titled, NeverGetBusted.com, that teaches citizens how to avoid being arrested for marijuana crimes. Flanking NeverGetBusted.com, he produced an Internet reality show called, KopBusters, where he brought attention to a mother of two illegally incarcerated after police planted drugs in her car. The sting was designed to embarrass the police and trick them into raiding a trap house rigged with hidden cameras and a fake marijuana grow room. Although he and his family suffered severe government retaliation for the operation, the sting was a success because Yolanda Madden was released from federal prison and remains free today.
At the time, Barry’s critics viewed his style of activism as a personal attack against god, children and the police. Now, most see NeverGetBusted.com and KopBusters as a clever humanitarian operation designed to protect citizens from a country who now holds the all time world record for the number of citizens it incarcerates.
Barry is an eight-year veteran beginning his Texas law enforcement career as a police dispatcher for the Gladewater Police Department. He was soon hired by the Big Sandy Police Department where he trained his own narcotic detector dog. Although Barry had less than five miles of highway to practice his craft, he made over one hundred drug arrests and broke several seizure records.
He was soon hired by the prestigious Permian Basin Drug Task Force located in West Texas. Barry taught narcotics interdiction classes and police K-9 seminars at various police academies and agencies throughout Texas. The standard agreement between Barry and the host agency was to pay wages and all expenses for a three-day seminar that included an eight-hour shift of Barry demonstrating his interdiction skills. If Barry failed to make a drug arrest, he would forfeit all monies and the class was free. Barry never had to give any money back.
Barry finished his narco career as head of the narcotics division for the Gladewater Police Department.
Barry accumulated a record of over 300 felony narcotics arrests, 500 misdemeanor narcotics arrests, the seizure of over fifty vehicles and millions in cash and assets. Political pressures including arresting the mayor’s son for methamphetamine, a city councilman for marijuana, and outperforming the DEA and local task force caused Barry to quit law enforcement and become a successful entrepreneur.
Why Barry Cooper is No Longer a Police Officer
Barry now admits his conscience often bothered him while seeing everyday, hard working, non-violent citizens torn from their children and spouses and placed in jail during a raid or a traffic stop. Barry explains,
“My parents, the public schools and the churches taught me any person who used drugs is evil and deserves to be harshly punished. At times, I could feel I was doing something wrong but the brainwashing of antidrug propaganda, my addiction to adrenaline and my need for peer acceptance overrode my good conscience.”
Barry now realizes this is a War On People and not a War On Drugs
“This is a war on people and is a failed policy. Millions have been caged and even the DEA admits we now have a larger supply of more potent drugs at a cheaper price than ever before. Do you realize over 800,000 non-violent citizens were arrested last year for marijuana? Did you know the U.S. now holds the all time world record for the number of citizens it incarcerates? In fact, the U.S. has more prisoners than communist China and China has 1 billion more in population than America. Although the U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population, it houses 25% of the world’s prisoners in hundreds of prison camps throughout it’s borders. Tens of thousands of American children are orphaned by one or both parents because of the failed War on Drugs. The drug war can be labeled as a slow motion holocaust.
Although there is currently bi-partisan movement to decriminalize marijuana and medical marijuana is legal in 19 states and recreationally legal in two states, the number of marijuana arrests rise every year. Since marijuana has never been contributed to one single overdose by death, Americans have learned the worst side effects of possessing marijuana are the criminal side effects.”While living his civilian life, Barry continually noticed the abuse of law enforcement growing worse. Barry himself was unjustifiably arrested five times and became the target of a botched civil raid which left bruises on his 13 year old daughter. One of his arrests includes him being jailed for theft in 2006. After being released from jail, Barry learned the “theft” charge stemmed from him not returning “Jeepers Creepers” on time to a local video rental store. Barry admits he might have deserved jail time for his choice of movies but not for being late on a return. The other four arrests were just as unreasonable and led to charges being dropped or being found not guilty by a jury.
After experiencing these outrageous searches and arrests, it was clear to Barry the courts were doing nothing to protect citizen’s 4th amendment rights that promise to protect them from unreasonable searches and arrests. This is when Barry decided to release his NeverGetBusted DVD series to help decrease the chances of parents and their children from suffering inhumane treatment at the hands of the American police and politicians.
Barry is not soft on crime
“If we release all non-violent drug offenders we would have room for the sex offenders, murderers, burglars, robbers, etc.” Barry contends law enforcement should place people in jail for the crimes they commit and not the drugs. “If somebody abuses drugs to the point they are influenced to harm persons or property, then lock them up for harming the person or their property. This ensures the drug abusers who cause harm are locked away and the millions of drug users who never commit crimes get to stay home, go to school, continue working and be with their families.”
Short list of some of Barry’s expert witness cases
- United States vs. Torez
- Penny vs. United States
- United States vs. Thompson
- State of Georgia vs. Joey Likata
- State of Texas vs. McKinney
- State of Texas vs. Barfield
- State of North Dakota vs. Jasiulionis
- California vs. Nicholson
- Illinois vs. Leyman
- Illinois vs. Litwhiler
- Texas vs. Vazquez
- Texas vs. Detair
- Texas vs. Ley
- United States vs. Wheeler
- Washington vs. Kendrick
- California vs. Nicholson
- United States vs. Laferriere
- Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Association (Tyler, Texas)
- Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Association (Houston, Texas)
- Public Defender’s Association (Orlando, Florida)
- Public Defender’s Association (Clearwater, Florida)
- University Of Texas, Tyler/ Student Assembly
- University of Texas, Austin/ Student Assembly
- University of North Texas, Denton/ Student Assembly
- University of Central Florida/ Student Assembly
Political Races As Candidate
- U.S. Congress (Libertarian Candidate, 31st Congressional District) 2008
- Texas Attorney General (Independent) 2010
- Fox News – Geraldo At Large
- Fox News – Fox and Friends
- Fox News – The Live Desk
- Fox News – Judge Napolitano
- Fox News – Bill O’Reilly
- MSNBC – Tucker Carlson
- Morning Show with Mike and Juliet
- ABC “I-Caught”
- SPIKE TV “Manswers” 5 episodes
- National Pubic Radio “Ex-Drug Officer Shows Users How To Avoid Arrest”
- National Public Radio “This American Life”
- Alex Jones Radio
- Adam Corolla Show
- PlayBoy Radio – Weekly Tip Appearance
- MAXIM Magzine – Full Feature
- Cannabis Culture – Front Cover and Published
- HighTimes – Feature
- Texas Observer – Front Cover, Full Feature
- Rolling Stones – Column Mention
- Associated Press