Barry Cooper

Meet Barry Cooper a former narcotics cop turned freedom activist and criminal defense expert witness

Barry Cooper was once one of the nation’s top drug enforcement officers. After an enormous shift in consciousness, he now works as an addiction specialist, freedom consultant, and criminal defense expert witness.He has made hundreds of drug arrests and has practiced as a criminal defense expert for over a decade. He has guest lectured and helped thousands of lawyers develop defense strategies to help their drug clients go free.

Barry Cooper received global attention by being reported in over 2,000 newspapers and magazines.

He appeared in 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 hundreds of radio shows and has appeared on every cable news channel the exists. His appearances include MSNBC Tucker Carlson, FOX Geraldo At Large, ABC I Caught, NBC Mike and Juliet Morning Show, and NPR’s, This American Life.

Barry Cooper has also appeared as a drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS, and Vice Media.

He 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 was taken from the documentary and features Barry Cooper freeing drug prisoners.

What the media says about Barry Cooper

“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

“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 Cooper's history as a cop

Barry Cooper was once considered one of America’s best drug agents. He was cross-trained and worked joint operations with the ATF, DEA, FBI, U.S. Military and Border Patrol.

He received specialized training in every known field of narcotics operations. Barry Cooper has also worked undercover operations, performed reverse stings, conducted scores of search warrants, trained drug dogs, and worked highway interdiction.

He was the first to blow the whistle on drug dog false alerts in 2006 when he released footage of a certified drug detector dog false alerting.

He began 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 he had less than five miles of highway to practice his craft, Barry Cooper made over one hundred drug arrests and broke several drug seizure records.


Because of his record breaking drug seizure numbers, Barry Cooper was hired by the prestigious Permian Basin Drug Task Force located in West Texas.

Barry Cooper taught narcotics interdiction classes and police K-9 seminars at various police academies and agencies throughout Texas. Each seminar included one 8 hour shift of Barry Cooper demonstrating his ability to make drug arrests.

The standard agreement was for the host agency to pay all his expenses including an instructor's fee. The seminar was free if Barry Cooper failed to make a drug arrest. He never had to return refund any money.

Barry Cooper finished his career as head of the narcotics division for the Gladewater Police Department.

“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.”

-Tim Finley, Commander Permian Basin Drug Task Force

Barry Cooper accumulated a record of over 500 misdemeanor and over 300 felony drug arrests. He seized over 50 automobiles and millions in cash and assets.

Barry Cooper quit law enforcement due to political pressures that were caused by arresting the wrong people and for out- performing the local drug task force and the DEA.

He arrested the mayor’s son for methamphetamine, a city councilman for marijuana, and caused the funding for the local task force to end.

Barry Cooper's specialized training certificates

Why Barry is no longer a cop

Barry now admits his conscience often bothered him as he raided and jailed non-violent citizens. Tearing the families apart never seemed right to him. He 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 anti-drug propaganda, my addiction to adrenaline, and my need for peer acceptance overrode my good conscience.”

In 2006, as a form of penance, Barry used his experience as a former drug agent to produce a series of instructional videos titled, NeverGetBustedThe DVD series taught citizens how to avoid being arrested for drug crimes.

Flanking NeverGetBusted, he produced an Internet reality show called, KopBusters, where he set traps for police and filmed them committing crimes. One particular sting brought attention to a mother of two who had been illegally incarcerated after police planted drugs in her car.

The sting was designed to embarrass the police and trick them into raiding a fake marijuana grow-house that was rigged with hidden cameras.

Although he and his family suffered severe retaliation, the sting was a success because Yolanda Madden was released from federal prison and remains free today.

Barry’s critics viewed his style of activism as a personal attack against god, children, and the police. Now, most people see NeverGetBusted and KopBusters as a clever humanitarian operation that was designed to protect citizens from their abusive government.

The United States now holds the all-time world record for the number of citizens it incarcerates...numerically and proportionately.

Barry realized this is a war on people and not a war on drugs

“The drug war is a war on people and is a failed policy. 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 who 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.  

Millions 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 bipartisan movement to decriminalize and legalize marijuana the number of marijuana arrests rises each year. 

Since it is impossible to overdose to death on marijuana,   Americans have learned the worst side effects of the plant is the punishment for possessing it."

Barry noticed law enforcement's willingness to abuse citizens was growing each second. He himself was unjustifiably raided twice, arrested nine times and had his autistic son taken for almost 2 years.

One of his arrests was for theft for not returning the movie, “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.

The other arrests were for his activism and led to either charges being dropped, being found not guilty and plea bargains that included no jail time.

Barry's featured 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
  • California vs. Nicholson
  • State of Texas vs. Barfield
  • State of North Dakota vs. Jasiulionis
  • California vs. Nicholson
  • Illinois vs. Leyman
  • Illinois vs. Litwhiler
  • United States vs. Laferriere
  • Texas vs. Vazquez
  • Texas vs. Detair
  • Texas vs. Ley
  • United States vs. Wheeler
  • Washington vs. Kendrick

Barry's media appearances

Lectures by Barry Cooper

  • 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

Are you being prosecuted for a drug crime?

Speak to Barry directly and add him to your defense team to ensure you are not railroaded through the court. Because he has made hundreds of drug arrests and because he has practiced as a criminal defense expert for almost a decade, he can teach you how to win your drug case.

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