My father, John, was a highly successful Miami undercover narcotics agent in the 1970s. Ten years later, he was in prison for smuggling 12,000 pounds of marijuana. In prison, he connected with a South American drug lord who was still running the family operation from inside the federal pen. Within months of being paroled, he began smuggling again—this time uncut Colombian cocaine. And this time, he put everything on the line: his freedom, his family and, ultimately, his life.
Breaking Midnight shines a light on the gritty underbelly of Miami drug trafficking and the danger of leading a double life—as an undercover narc or a smuggler. An uncensored, up-close-and-personal account of how a good cop goes bad.
I was the happy-go-lucky daughter of a Miami undercover narcotics agent—until my dad snuck out of our house in the dark of night without so much as a glance back. I never understood what happened to him until I was in high school, and he was in prison for drug smuggling. By then, I was filling the emptiness he’d left in my life with a massive drug and alcohol habit of my own. It was the perfect setup for me to latch onto the only connection to my dad that remained when he was paroled from prison—cocaine. After a few years of abusing coke together, I lost everything and everyone I ever cared about and was forced to choose between my father and my life.
Midnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler’s Daughter is a true story about family bonds, addiction and the price of holding on when it’s time to let go.