PARDONED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA on Jan 17, 2017, the author of “In DeLorean’s Shadow.” This is an illustrated book with many images that help tell the true story of the John Z. DeLorean drug trial. It ruled the headlines of newspapers worldwide.
The case commanded the attention of the highest levels of the FBI, DEA, CIA, IRS, DOJ, Interpol, Number 10 Downing Street, and the White House.
Arrington has the FBI Investigative Reports, the transcripts of the FBI's secret tapes, FBI court exhibits, and the investigative reports from the Law Firm that DeLorean hired. I know the things that the jury never heard, and what the Federal Agents tried to hide and cover up, because I am the last surviving defendant. The case involved Pablo Escobar the ruth leader of the Medellin Drug Cartel, his #1 hit man, Rafael Salazar, “AKA Rafa, and Max Mermelstien who smuggled 56 tons of cocaine into the United States—and sent over $300,000,000 back down to Medellin. The defendants were John Z. DeLorean, one of the most admired men in American business —an eccentric auto builder of revolutionary proportions who squired and married one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses and she was the #1 supermodel in the world. The case was an international media blitz. My other co-defendant was Morgan Hetrick, a Texas Maverick who claimed to be the #1 cocaine smuggler on the West Coast, and then there was me; Stephen L. Arrington, Vietnam veteran, USN bomb disposal frogman, pilot, and author of this book. Warning: this is a fully documented, true story written in the intensity of the moment.
It contains real depictions of the criminal underworld and of life inside prison walls.
This story may be disconcerting to some, yet is necessary to convey the magnitude of where choices can lead those who would dance the criminal waltz. Prepare to take an incredible journey into darkness, to learn the incredible value of a spiritual commitment, and eventually to come out the other side, as a childhood dream morphs into an ex-felon's reality. This is a true story where hope never surrenders.