Jeffrey James Higgins
Jeffrey James Higgins is a retired DEA supervisory special agent, with over 25 years of law enforcement experience, and an expert in narco-terrorism. He attained the first narco-terrorism convictions in history and convicted the most prolific heroin trafficker in the world.
Jeffrey is currently working on a memoir about narco-terrorism. He has been published in American Thinker, The Washington Times, The Northwest Current, The Georgetown Current, The Dupont Current, The Foggy Bottom Current, The Public Spirit, The Pepperell Free Press, the Townsend Times, The Harvard Post, and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Jeffrey writes fiction and nonfiction. His writing can be found at JeffreyJamesHiggins.com.
Jeffrey worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration for over 20 years. During that time, he worked as: a special agent in New York City, the assistant country attaché in the Kabul Country Office, an assistant team leader on DEA’s foreign tactical teams, a special agent with the Narco-Terrorism Group, and a supervisory special agent in Washington, DC.
Jeffrey was one of the first rescuers to arrive after the second World Trade Center tower collapsed. After 9/11, he was temporarily assigned to the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, then to the Department of Homeland Security’s Watch Center, in Washington, DC. Jeffrey helped establish the nascent Kabul Country Office, where he led the Afghan Counter-Narcotics Police on their first operations. Jeffrey became the first undercover agent in Afghanistan, since before the Taliban took power. He was also the first western law enforcement officer to testify in both the Kabul Public Security Court and the Afghan Central Narcotics Tribunal. Jeffrey deployed around the world with DEA’s tactical teams, working with U.S. and foreign law enforcement, military special forces, and intelligence services.
Jeffrey received numerous awards, including: the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism, a Certificate of Excellence from the Commanding General for the Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award, and the DEA Administrator’s Award of Valor. Jeffrey was also featured during a Hat’s Off to Heroes ceremony at Fenway Park, in Boston.
Jeffrey briefed the NATO Russia Council on the drug war in Afghanistan. He lectured about narco-terrorism to basic agent trainees at the DEA Academy and to law enforcement leaders at the FBI’s National Academy.
Before joining DEA, Jeffrey worked as a reporter and news editor for a string of weekly and bi-weekly newspapers. Later, he became a deputy sheriff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, Jeffrey was elected as a commissioner for the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions in Washington, DC, where he served one term.
Jeffrey’s investigations have been featured in several books, including: Convictions, by John Kroger; The Dark Art, by Edward Follis; The Last Cowboy, by Timothy Sellers; Seeds of Terror, by Gretchen Peters; Careers in Undercover Narcotics Investigations, by Linda Bickerstaff; and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration A Tradition of Excellence, 1973-2013, published by DEA.
In 2015, Jeffrey appeared in Your Worst Nightmare, Episode One, titled A Bump in the Night (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5039796). He appeared on The Bridge where he discussed narco-terrorism (http://jeffreyjameshiggins.com/narco-terrorism-on-the-bridge/). Jeffrey was on Steel on Steel radio to talk about narco-terrorism. He is a regular guest on the LEO Round Table (http://leoroundtable.com/). Jeffrey acted in Undying, a movie scheduled for release in 2017 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6217200). Jeffrey was featured in a CNN Declassified episode, about heroin trafficking, which will air on August 12, 2017..
Jeffrey has a Master of Science degree in criminal justice, from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, from Boston University’s College of Communications. He lives with his wife, Cynthia Farahat Higgins, in Alexandria, Virginia. He can be contacted through his author’s website, at email@example.com.