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Jay “Jaybird” Dobyns is the unconventional, full-bore federal agent who achieved worldwide notoriety as one of America’s most daring and talked-about law enforcement officers.  After more than twenty years of undercover assignments that targeted the world’s most deadly criminals and their organizations, Jay was infamously “outed” following an unprecedented and successful infiltration of the Hells Angels outlaw biker gang.


After a record-setting athletic career as a wide receiver for the University of Arizona Wildcats, Jay traded his football pads for a badge and gun as a Special Agent with America’s violent crime police force - the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  Jay’s introduction to the street was immediate, vicious and nearly fatal. Within a week in the field he was taken hostage and shot through the back and chest.


Feeling energized, or as he puts it, "bulletproofed" by the experience, "Jaybird" actively sought ever more dangerous undercover assignments, posing as gunrunner, drug dealer, enforcer and hit man.  Self-immersed in the violent underworld of criminal gangs, his obsession to bring down the world’s most dangerous felons left him struggling to live up to his own ideals as a husband and father.  Jay Dobyns is the author of No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.


Publisher’s Weekly said of No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels, “In this white-knuckler, ATF agent Dobyns infiltrates a chapter of the Hells Angels to show that, aside from much of the romance surrounding the group, it is indeed a violent gang. His investigations lead him through a fascinating cast of crystal meth-heads, gun runners, gang rapists and frauds. Dobyns and co-writer Johnson-Shelton tell a bracing story in straightforward prose that doesn't dilute any aspect of the toll his undercover act (a sprawling long-term investigation that penetrated deeper into the gang than any other) took on his life. A family guy who frequently finds himself taking calls from his worried wife while in the middle of an operation, Dobyns is brutally honest about how far his assignment takes him into the dark side and leaves the impression at the end that it's highly unlikely he will ever be able to totally return to undercover work (Hunter S. Thompson was beaten up while writing his 1967 take on the gang in Hell's Angels). From the medieval desert clan gatherings to breakneck-paced highway odysseys and high-noon showdowns, this is the real deal from an agent whose knack for the job and ability to transform it into elucidating reading recalls the story of Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco.”

About The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice with unique responsibilities dedicated to protecting the public and reducing violent crime. ATF enforces the Federal laws and regulations regarding explosives and arson: Accelerant and Explosives Detecting Canines; Certified Explosives Specialist Program; Certified Fire Investigator Program; Criminal Investigative Analysis; Explosives Enforcement Officers; Explosives Industry Programs Branch; Explosives Research and Development; International Response Team; National Response Team; Relief of Explosives Disabilities; and, U.S. Bomb Data Center.


According to the ATF, “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our Nation. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries. We are committed to working directly, and through partnerships, to investigate and reduce crime involving firearms and explosives, acts of arson, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products.

ATF is the premier laboratory in the world in the combined areas of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, and fire debris analysis. Our dedication to this is evident in the Mission, Vision, and Values statements created by our staff in 1992. The Office of Laboratory Services is also proud of the important part it plays in supporting the Bureau's strategic goals of reducing violent crime and protecting the public. Congressional funding of a new National Laboratory Center in suburban Maryland recognized our success. The new $135 million Laboratory was dedicated on June 16, 2003. The National Laboratory Center also contains a unique fire testing facility. This facility is designed to support fire investigations by allowing our fire scientists to recreate the fire under controlled conditions. In FY 2006, 86 fire investigation cases were processed.”

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