“We cannot arrest ourselves out of this epidemic.” The words come from former DEA Supervisory Special Agent, Jack Teitelman. Staring across the table with piercing blue eyes and his post-DEA partner, Travis the Pomapoo, Teitelman takes on an elaborate identity of his own – a fearsome operator who prefers the trenches, with a kind soul and heart of gold.
If DEA agents were a monument of law enforcement ascetics, Teitelman is the cornerstone. In his 26 years with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Teitelman worked all facets of complex cases and criminal investigations. Drug lords, mob bosses, and international conspiracy were just part of the job for Teitelman. “Danger and life threatening situations came with the territory,” he adds. “At any given moment, you could be 30 seconds out.”