Former officer shares stories with Rotary
Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A former police officer who experienced a decade of undercover crime fighting and narrow escapes shared his story with members of the Rotary Club of Picayune during Tuesday’s meeting.
Retired Baton Rouge undercover officer, Charlie Spillers, spoke to Rotarians about harrowing memoirs filled with excitement, terror and laughter. Spillers told a couple of stories from his new book, Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life. This book has not only been listed as one of the top 10 best-selling books in the state by the Clarion-Ledger, it was also recognized by Amazon as the number one new release nationwide for law enforcement memoirs.
Spillers, a Marine originally from Oxford, began his career with the Baton Rouge Police Department as an officer and later became an agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. The book covers many of his thrilling stories as he adopted multiple identities to infiltrate criminal groups, burglary rings, drug trafficking organizations and Mafia drug smuggling operations to serve the greater good from the Gulf Coast to Memphis, Tennessee.
“To me, these stories are about the great officers we have in law enforcement today,” Spillers said. “The courageous and dedicated men and women that serve this country deserve all of our respect for the sacrifices they and their families make every day to keep us safe.”
After Spillers’ service in law enforcement, he took a different career path, becoming a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice, where served three tours in Iraq. He initially was an attorney advisor to the Iraqi High Tribunal and was part of the court that tried Saddam Hussein.
“These stories will open your eyes to what really happens behind the scenes,” he said.
Spillers is already working on another novel called Whirlwind: An Agent Frank Marsh Novel, which is loosely based on his international experiences.