Former Drug Cop Turned Freedom Activist and Criminal Defense Expert Witness

Barry Cooper was once one of the nation’s top drug enforcement officers. After an enormous shift in consciousness, he now works as an addiction specialist, freedom consultant and criminal defense expert witness.

Barry has made hundreds of drug arrests and has practiced as a criminal defense expert for over a decade. He has guest lectured and helped thousands of lawyers develop defense strategies to help their drug clients go free.

Barry uses his past experience to expertly counter the court’s attempt to prosecute citizens for drug crimes. He knows all the tricks drug cops and courts use to doom the defendant.

Barry can help you win your drug case.

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Barry received global attention by being reported in over 2,000 newspapers and magazines.

He appeared in Rolling Stones, High Times, a feature in Maxim Magazine and a front cover feature in Cannabis Culture Magazine and the Texas Observer.

Barry has been a guest on hundreds of radio shows and has appeared on every cable news channel the exists. His appearances include MSNBC Tucker Carlson, FOX Geraldo At Large, ABC I Caught, NBC Mike and Juliet Morning Show and NPR’s, This American Life.

Barry has also appeared as drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS and Vice Media.

Barry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, “How To Make Money Selling Drugs.” The excerpt below was taken from the documentary and features Barry freeing drug prisoners.

What The Media Says About Barry

“To call Barry Cooper “over the top” is an understatement. You may have seen him on the pages of Maxim, or during one of his many appearances on CNN, Fox News and Spike TV. He’s the cop who turned against the drug war. In American pop culture right now, there’s nobody quite like him.

As one of the former top drug cops working the Texas highways, he was ferocious, bringing down hundreds of people for possessing even tiny amounts of an illegal substance.

In his new life as an anti-prohibition crusader and activist filmmaker, he’s just as ferocious, but now it’s his former colleagues in law enforcement who are sweating his intimidating gaze…

Cooper is on a mission to free America’s pot prisoners and take down the abusive cops he once sought to emulate.

In the terminology of war, Barry is an insurgent, lobbing bombs into the fourth estate as his form of penance for all the people he put behind bars on drug offenses.”—True/Slant

“The most brazen activist America has seen in decades, Barry Cooper is a highly divisive figure whose antics enraged police and made him a martyr among drug reform activists.” —Progressive Magazine

“As the top narco cop in Texas, Barry Cooper arrested hundreds of people on drug charges. Then he puffed a joint and decided to devote his life to a new cause: making sure no one gets busted again. Former Texas narc turned marijuana messiah, Barry Cooper, teaches you how to never get busted.” -Maxim Magazine

“Cooper wanted to atone. So he created the NeverGetBusted DVDs.” -NPR “This American Life”

“Barry Cooper is a hero because he is standing up and declaring the War on Drugs is not working!” –Tucker Carlson, MSNBC

“Cooper is a former narcotics officer once considered among the top cops in Texas, where more marijuana is seized each year than in any other state.” –USA TODAY


Barry was once considered one of America’s best drug agents. He was cross-trained and worked joint operations with the ATF, DEA, FBI, U.S. Military and Border Patrol.

Barry received specialized training in every known field of narcotics operations. He has worked undercover operations, performed reverse stings, conducted scores of search warrants, trained drug dogs and worked highway interdiction.

Barry was the first to blow the whistle on drug dog false alerts in 2006 when he released footage of a certified drug detector dog false alerting.

Barry began his Texas law enforcement career as a police dispatcher for the Gladewater Police Department. He was soon hired by the Big Sandy Police Department where he trained his own narcotic detector dog.

Although he had less than five miles of highway to practice his craft, Barry made over one hundred drug arrests and broke several drug seizure records.

Because of his record breaking drug seizure numbers, Barry was hired by the prestigious Permian Basin Drug Task Force located in West Texas.

Barry taught narcotics interdiction classes and police K-9 seminars at various police academies and agencies throughout Texas. Each seminar included one 8 hour shift of Barry demonstrating his ability to make drug arrests.

The standard agreement was for the host agency to pay all his expenses including an instructor’s fee. The seminar was free if Barry failed to make a drug arrest. He never had to return refund any money.

Barry finished his career as head of the narcotics division for the Gladewater Police Department.

“Barry was even better than he says he was. He had a knack for finding drugs and made more arrests and more seizures that all of the other agents combined. He was probably the best narcotics officer in the state and maybe the country during his time with the task force”
– Tom Finley, Commander Permian Basin Task Force

Barry accumulated a record of over 500 misdemeanor and over 300 felony drug arrests. He seized over 50 automobiles and millions in cash and assets.

Barry quit law enforcement due to political pressures that were caused by arresting the wrong people and for out- performing the local drug task force and the DEA.

He arrested the mayor’s son for methamphetamine, a city councilman for marijuana, and caused the funding for the local task force to end.

Barry’s Specialized Training Certificates


Barry now admits his conscience often bothered him as he raided and jailed non-violent citizens. Tearing the families apart never seemed right to him. He explains,

“My parents, the public schools and the churches taught me any person who used drugs is evil and deserves to be harshly punished. At times, I could feel I was doing something wrong but the brainwashing of antidrug propaganda, my addiction to adrenaline and my need for peer acceptance overrode my good conscience.”

In 2006, as a form of penance, Barry used his experience as a former drug agent to produce a series of instructional videos titled, NeverGetBusted. The DVD series taught citizens how to avoid being arrested for drug crimes.

Flanking NeverGetBusted, he produced an Internet reality show called, KopBusters, where he set traps for police and filmed them committing crimes. One particular sting brought attention to a mother of two who had been illegally incarcerated after police planted drugs in her car.

The sting was designed to embarrass the police and trick them into raiding a fake marijuana grow house that was rigged with hidden cameras.

Although he and his family suffered severe retaliation, the sting was a success because Yolanda Madden was released from federal prison and remains free today.

Barry’s critics viewed his style of activism as a personal attack against god, children and the police. Now most people see NeverGetBusted and KopBusters as a clever humanitarian operation that was designed to protect citizens from their abusive government.

The United States now holds the all time world record for the number of citizens it incarcerates…numerically and proportionately.

Barry realized this is a War On People, not a War On Drugs

“The drug war is a war on people and is a failed policy. Even the DEA admits we now have a larger supply of more potent drugs at a cheaper price than ever before.

Do you realize over 800,000 non-violent citizens were arrested last year for marijuana? Did you know the U.S. now holds the all time world record for the number of citizens it incarcerates?

In fact, the U.S. has more prisoners than communist China who has 1 billion more in population than America.
Although the U.S. has only 5% of the world’s population, it houses 25% of the world’s prisoners.

Millions of American children are orphaned by one or both parents because of the failed War on Drugs. The drug war can be labeled as a slow motion holocaust.

Although there is currently bipartisan movement to decriminalize and legalize marijuana the number of marijuana arrests rises each year.

Since it is impossible to overdose to death on marijuana, Americans have learned the worst side effects of the plant is the punishment for possessing it.”

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Barry noticed law enforcement’s willingness to abuse citizens was growing each second. He himself was unjustifiably raided twice, arrested nine times and had his autistic son taken for almost 2 years.

One of his arrests was for theft for not returning the movie, “Jeepers Creepers” on time to a local video rental store. Barry admits he might have deserved jail time for his choice of movies but not for being late.

The other arrests were for his activism and led to either charges being dropped, being found not guilty and plea bargains that included no jail time.

Barry’s Featured Expert Witness Cases

  • United States vs. Torez
  • Penny vs. United States
    United States vs. Thompson
  • State of Georgia vs. Joey Likata
  • State of Texas vs. McKinney
  • California vs. Nicholson
  • State of Texas vs. Barfield
  • State of North Dakota vs. Jasiulionis
  • California vs. Nicholson
  • Illinois vs. Leyman
  • Illinois vs. Litwhiler
  • United States vs. Laferriere
  • Texas vs. Vazquez
  • Texas vs. Detair
  • Texas vs. Ley
  • United States vs. Wheeler
  • Washington vs. Kendrick

Barry’s Media Appearances

  • Cannabis Culture – Front Cover and Published
  • HighTimes – Feature
  • Texas Observer – Front Cover, Full Feature
  • Rolling Stones – Column Mention
  • Associated Press
  • CannabisNationRadio
  • National Pubic Radio “Ex-Drug Officer Shows Users How To Avoid Arrest”

Lecture’s Barry Has Given

  • Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Association (Tyler, Texas)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Association (Houston, Texas)
  • Public Defender’s Association (Orlando, Florida)
  • Public Defender’s Association (Clearwater, Florida)
  • University Of Texas, Tyler/ Student Assembly
  • University of Texas, Austin/ Student Assembly
  • University of North Texas, Denton/ Student Assembly
  • University of Central Florida/ Student Assembly

Barry’s Police Training Records