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Former Undercover Narcotics Officer
James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney

Washington County, UT

“I realized that I was not the solution; I was part of the problem.”


James Mooney spent more than a decade in Utah State law enforcement and the State Department of Corrections, during which he was a zealous enforcer of the drug war. James was told by his supervisor, Hurricane Police Officer Kim Segmiller, that during his time undercover, he took down more people for drug charges than all the other confidential informants in the state of Utah combined. In 1993, he was given the Citizen’s Award of Commendation from the State of Utah, signed by Governor Mike Leavitt.

But his decade of ardent drug law enforcement also gave James the perspective that finally made him see he was not solving any problem. In fact, he was making it worse. “I was going after them with a vengeance,” he says. “One day, I was listening to a couple of confidential informants who were wired inside of a house. They were making a buy. Suddenly, I heard a little boy inside the house cry out for his mother, who along with the father would be put in prison for ten years as a result of what I was doing. It became vividly clear to me that I was not part of the solution to the drug challenge our nation is facing; rather, I was a contributing factor to enhancing the demising effect the war on drugs has on America’s families.”