The cop who infiltrated a notorious group known as the 'world's deadliest biker gang' has revealed the only things he actually misses about his time undercover.
Retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent, Ken Croke, said that after his experiences working undercover in the Pagan biker gang, it took him a long time to get back on two wheels.
Croke, who spent two years with the Pagans, later co-authored the book Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang, which details the daring operation which saw him blowing apart the white supremacist group, leading to more than 20 arrests.
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During his time with the Pagans he had to create a fake identity, win the bikers’ confidence, secretly record their meetings, witness their violent crimes and even spend several days in jail on a gun arrest.
Following the successful sting, more than 20 Pagans were arrested on charges including racketeering, murder conspiracy, extortion, drug trafficking, assault and weapons violations, leading to combined prison sentences of more than 100 years.
Appearing on the Jordan Harbinger Show, Croke admitted that he struggled to regain his joy for riding after the sting operation.
"When I came out of this case I sold my bike, and I didn’t ride for a long period of time because it took away the fun of riding," he said.
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"Riding at 110mph, two feet off the person in front of you, one gear down, it’s not fun.
"It’s not relaxing by any stretch of the imagination, and I got burnt out on it.
"I’ve gotten back into riding again, so that’s been a good thing."
Croke's host also asked him what, if anything, he missed about the biker world.
He added: "Maybe a little bit of the chess match of how you’re strategically putting together your case, and trying to stay one step ahead."
"You don’t even miss the barbecues?" asked Jordan.
Croke added: "I would say they did have some good food, man.
"There’s a couple of them, particularly one biker, Road Block, who could cook.
"I mean now he cooked with the worst ingredients, so that’s probably why it tasted so good.
"The dude could cook, it’s still to this day the best brisket I have ever had.
"That was the one thing: I could eat as much as I wanted, so it was always a good thing."
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