What happens when a cyber security expert goes bad in a big way? I’m talking trading North Korean meth for Chinese Fentanyl precursor for cash that’s invested in gold, lumber while fathering more children than he can name with beautiful women on several continents. On the side, he oversaw the design of a computer chip to help the Iranians with the guidance systems on their ballistic missiles while ordering hits on those he suspected of stealing from him (authorities estimate that LeRoux is responsible for the murder of at least seven people).
That’s just some known exploits of master criminal, Paul LeRoux. Born in Rhodesia, raised in South Africa, he started out legit in London until something triggered him to say, “To hell with it. I’m going to make hundreds of millions any way I can.” As fascinating as the crimes are, so is the story of the special team of DEA agents known as the “960 Group” (named after an old federal provision allowing US drug agents to go after criminals abroad).
Elaine Shannon talked about LeRoux and her book at Politics and Prose recently. Watch