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Jay Dobyns is a federal undercover agent and a New York Times Best-Selling author. He achieved worldwide notoriety as one of history's most daring undercover operators during high-octane covert operations targeting the world’s most brutally violent criminals and organizations.

For over twenty five years, Jay successfully infiltrated and brought down scores of the deadliest criminals and illegal enterprises in existence. He operated amongst vicious street and prison gangs, gun running groups, drug trafficking organizations, bomb makers and home invasion crews. He routinely played the role of a shrewdly-calculating professional hit man during federal "murder-for-hire" investigations.

Jay is perhaps best known for his landmark infiltration of the notorious Hells Angels biker gang. He was the first-ever law enforcement officer to successfully defeat the gang’s multilayered security measures and become a full patched member (of the legendary Skull Valley charter), a fact that club’s leadership vociferously denies to this day.


A defense attorney once described Dobyns as:

"...a government-trained ‘Predator’ repeatedly sent on seek and destroy missions in search of drugs, guns and violence, with instructions to succeed at any cost and without regard for the agent himself or those he crosses paths with.”

Jay’s 2009 memoir, "No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels" quickly became a New York Times bestseller that has been published in twelve languages and seventeen countries.

Jay Anthony Dobyns

PROFESSIONAL:

  • New York Times Best-Selling Author.
  • Special Agent, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) since 1987.
  • B.A., Public Administration, University of Arizona, 1985.
  • Taken hostage and shot during first week on the job; operated-on by famed trauma surgeon Richard Carmona, who later became U.S. Surgeon General.
  • Involved in over 500 undercover investigations since 1988.
  • Undercover Instructor, ATF National Academy since 1989.
  • Member, ATF’s prestigious Enhanced Undercover Program, 1999–2006.
  • Federal responder to high-profile criminal and terrorism events such as:
  • "Rodney King" riots in Los Angeles, California.
  • Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas.
  • Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado.
  • Murrah Federal Building Bombing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Expertise in advanced covert techniques including:
  • Cutting-edge undercover homicide and home invasion investigations.
  • Operations designed to infiltrate national and international crime syndicates such as prison gangs, anti-government militia groups, traditional organized crime (mafia), firearms and narcotics trafficking organizations, outlaw biker organizations, etc.
  • Undercover purchase of firearms, narcotics, explosives, and other contraband.
  • Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.
  • Board of Directors, National Football Foundation.

SPEAKING EXPERIENCE (International Keynote Speaker):

  • Arizona Cardinals Football Team (NFL)
  • Arizona Fish and Game Department
  • Arizona Gang Investigators
  • Arizona Homicide Investigators
  • Arizona Narcotics Officers Association
  • Australian National Crime Symposium
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Bloomsburg University Criminal Justice Program
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Brentwood Academy
  • Brian Terry Foundation
  • Business Clubs of America
  • California Gang Investigators Association
  • CopsUSA/TrainCops Covert Operations
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • FBI Retired Agents Association
  • Fondren Orthopedic Group
  • Ft. Sam Houston Army Medical Center
  • Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association
  • Indianapolis Law Enforcement Symposium
  • International Law Enforcement Academy
  • International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Ipsen Pharmaceuticals
  • Know Gangs
  • National Association for Legal Professionals
  • National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame
  • New England Gang Investigators
  • New Mexico Gang Investigators
  • New Zealand National Crime Symposium
  • North Carolina Gang Investigators
  • Northwest Gang Investigators
  • Oklahoma Gang Investigators
  • Pantano Christian Church
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Razorfish
  • Red Bull Achievement Symposium
  • Rotary Club
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • San Diego City Club
  • Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Sunnyvail Special Needs Program
  • Tucson Festival of Books
  • Tucson Good Friday Breakfast
  • Tucson Police Department Hostage Negotiation Unit
  • U.S. Army Special Forces
  • U.S. Border Patrol Undercover Training
  • University of Arizona Athletics
  • University of Arizona Criminal Justice Program
  • University of Arizona Scholarship Fundraiser
  • Villa Oasis Charter School
  • Virginia Gang Investigators
  • Western Alliance Bancorp
  • Wyoming Narcotics Investigators
  • Young Presidents Organization

AWARDS:

  • Twelve ATF Special Act Awards citing excellence in criminal investigations.
  • Two ATF Gold Star Awards for critical injuries received during investigative operations.
  • ATF Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding investigative accomplishment.
  • Attorney General's Medal of Valor.
  • International Narcotics Officers Association Medal of Valor.
  • National Association of Police Officers "Top Cop" Award.
  • Eddie Benitez Award (ATF National Academy).
  • International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association Undercover Achievement Award.
  • Australian Law Enforcement Practitioners Significant Infiltration Award.

ATHLETIC ACHIEVMENTS:

  • Pacific-10 All-Conference Wide Receiver, 1983-1984.
  • College Football All-American Candidate Wide Receiver, 1984.
  • Canadian Football League, 1985.
  • United States Football League, 1986.
  • University of Arizona "All Century" Football Team Honoree, 1999.
  • Sahuaro High School Hall of Famer
  • Pima County Sports Hall of Famer
  • Football Coach, Varsity Wide Receivers – Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Voted #1 "Badass" in the history of Arizona Football (Tucson Citizen)

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