Federal undercover agent shares experiences

Jay Dobyns For immediate release: March 13, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — A former federal law enforcement agent who brought down scores of criminals and illegal enterprises will speak at Bloomsburg University’s Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

The free talk by Jay Dobyns, known in the law enforcement community as “Jaybird,” is open to the public free of charge.

During more than 20 years as an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Dobyns infiltrated street and prison gangs, gun-running groups, drug trafficking organizations, bomb makers, home invasion operations and contract murderers. He routinely impersonated a professional hit man during federal murder-for-hire investigations.

As lead undercover agent for “Operation Black Biscuit,” he penetrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and was the first law enforcement officer to become a full-patched member. His memoir, “No Angel, My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels,” is a New York Times bestseller published in eight languages and 12 countries. He has been featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” History Channel’s “Gangland” and National Geographic’s “Inside.”

Dobyns’ presentation is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice as the final event of BU’s Law Enforcement Career Day. Representatives of federal, state and local agencies will meet with students Thursday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multicultural Center. Agencies scheduled for breakout sessions in Kehr Union, Hideaway are:

  • FBI, 10:30 a.m.
  • Baltimore Police Department, 11:15 a.m.
  • Federal Corrections, noon
  • Allentown Police Department, 12:45 p.m.
  • Pennsylvania State Police, 1:30 p.m.
  • Homeland Security, Federal Air Marshals, 2:15 p.m.
  • University of Pennsylvania Police Department, 3 p.m.
  • Homeland Security, Immigrations, 3:45 p.m.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.