Benny, Al Spearman and Eddie Jones worked together in the narcotics squad for several years along with Sgt. John Arnold. Al was the undercover guy doing most of the drug buys, Eddie was the driver in the busts, did surveillance and recorded the intake of drugs, Benny was the search & seizure guy although they were all capable of any part of the job.
They were proudly called the Z-TEAM because they did the job from A to Z, never leaving a stone unturned. They would arrest the small time drug dealer and push forwarded until they caught the main supplier. There are years of stories to be told about the Z-Team, their efforts and achievement in the capture and arrests of many, many opportune drug dealers. Those stories will be told in future posts so don’t miss them.
Al Spearman was an Academy Award winning undercover cop. He could play any role needed in the pursuit of narcotic offenders. Dressing the part, looking the part and putting his life on the line every day while posing as a drug addict in pursuit of drug dealers. He often provoked Benny for being a recognizable cop and said he would never be able to do a buy undercover. Benny liking a challenge told Al he could disguise himself enough to make a buy. Benny was known on the streets amongst the criminals as “Kojak” with his bald head, short pants, white socks, physically fit stature and a cigar hanging out of his mouth. He had that COP look.
His plan was to use his own vehicle which at this time was a 1100CC Honda Motorcycle and take along his very busty girlfriend for the ride. He loved his women hot and sexy as long as they enjoyed food as much as he did. So she hops on the back of his bike with her well-endowed breasts showing lots of cleavage. A definite show stopper and great distraction for any man. Benny was wearing a full helmet with dark goggles when he drove up to the informed location of a new bunch of street dealers. The drug dealers would sell to anyone who came buy, they kept the drugs under benches in empty cigarette packs and small paper bags so they wouldn’t be holding if the police stopped by.
Benny pulled up on his impressive motorcycle with his busty babe on the back of the bike and asked the dealer if he had cocaine for sale. The guy was seduced by the woman’s voluptuous breasts which caused him not to notice that Benny just could be a cop. He sold Benny a $10 tin of cocaine. Benny knowing he had this guy, then told him he had guns to sell and wanted to know if he was interested. Oh course, drug dealers need guns too. He was interested so they exchanged contact information to make arrangements for another meet.
The next meeting with the dealer and his supplier came a few weeks later because other cases took priority. Benny showed up on crutches using them as his new distraction. He gave the dealer some cockamamey story about being in a bad motorcycle accident. He explained this was why he was eager to get on with the gun deal and hoped he could buy more drugs because their cocaine was the best around. This was just the set up to buy more drugs from not only the dealer but now the supplier. He bought another supply of cocaine and had enough evidence to arrest them. They were arrested for the sale of cocaine and conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws.
Al and Eddie never challenged Benny again. They continued to do their jobs with the best of their abilities and antics and would continue to remain everlasting friends.
I don’t think any hot young babes will be be hopping on the back of his bike anymore but just maybe a few old broads will go for a short ride and a cheap thrill.
Photo of Benny and Mary Iadonisi (his mother-in-law) a few years ago.
Character Drawing of Benny & Kathy…in our hay day…