Saturday 10 December 2016

Quiet Man: Donegal's bad cop who refused to become a snitch

NYPD's Peter Daly was involved in cracking a major drugs case in the Big Apple, but when some of the haul went missing, he was fingered. He tells his story in a new book.

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

The infamous haul of cocaine and heroin found in an apartment on West 19th Street in New York.
The infamous haul of cocaine and heroin found in an apartment on West 19th Street in New York.
James Durney with Peter Daly
Good cop, bad cop: Peter Daly as a patrolman in the NYPD.

"The ship (from Ireland) arrived in New York eight days later… gliding past the Statue of Liberty and the array of towering skyscrapers, dominated by the triumphant spire of the Empire State Building. It was a breathtaking sight. To me, there was no greater metropolis than New York City."

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These are the words of Peter Daly, rhapsodising about the first view of the NYC skyline in his just-released memoir, The 100 Kilo Case. A native of Ballyshannon in Co Donegal, he was just 19 when he left Ireland for a new life Stateside in September 1952.

By the time he returned to his native land, 39 years later, he'd lived a life so full of incident, high drama and outlandish cops-n-robbers characters that it seemed like something straight out of The Sopranos or Goodfellas rather than reality.

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