Donald W. Tucker
Dog Ear Publishing
For Donald W. Tucker, life from the get-go was a two-edged sword—a
“damned if you do/ damned if you don’t” black & white shades &
wing-tips jungle existence of working the streets of Southside
Chicago undercover (“with no cover”) as a Federal narcotics and
Secret Service agent. Tucker was quick, sharp and street smart.
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The Two-Edged Sword is a grim, gutsy,
raw in-your-face first-hand account of what it was like to be Black
and work as an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
(now called the DEA), and United States Secret Service from
1961-1990—some of the toughest years in this country’s history of
Tucker’s life story reads like a best-selling 007 whodunit, more
fiction than fact—yet all of it really happened.
“Too many times the risks were far greater than anticipated, but I
was young and dumb,” writes Tucker. “I didn’t know what I was doing
until I felt a .45 slammed against my head.
When your life is a two-edged sword, you learn to tread carefully or
to live with the consequences. This gritty, first-hand account tells
what it was like to be black and work as an undercover agent for the
Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the DEA) and U.S. Secret Service
during the civil rights movement and beyond. Tucker rose through the
ranks to become one of this country’s foremost Federal Law
Enforcement Administrators and reformers.
The Two-Edged Sword tells Tucker’s story starting with growing up on
the Southside of Chicago to his work as an undercover agent for the
Chicago Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the discrimination he faced.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donald W. Tucker began his career with the
Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. He
transferred from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics to the Chicago
office of the United States Secret Service in 1965. He remained an
agent in Chicago until 1973, when he was transferred to the San
Francisco office of the Secret Service. Mr. Tucker remained in the
San Francisco office until 1974, when he was promoted to the
position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal
Division for the Washington, DC, field office. In mid-1975, Mr.
Tucker was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the
Secret Service, Headquarters Counterfeit Division, and supervised
all counterfeit investigations nationwide.
In the latter part of 1976, Mr. Tucker was promoted to the position
of Assistant/Inspector at Secret Service Headquarters in charge of
internal investigations. In mid-1978, he was promoted to the
position of Special Agent in Charge of the US Secret Service Office
for the State of Arizona.
Mr. Tucker retired from the Secret Service in March of 1990 after a
career with the Secret Service of almost 25 years. He was sworn in
as US Marshal for the District of Arizona on March 26, 1990, after
being appointed by President George H. W. Bush. In his capacity as
US Marshal, Mr. Tucker supervised all security procedures related to
the protection of federal judges, federal courthouses, the witness
protection program, federal prisoner security, and transportation
and seized assets investigations.
Mr. Tucker retired from the US Marshals Service in March 1994. In
August 1994, he was selected, after a nationwide search, as the
Chief of Court Security for the Administrative Office of the United
States Courts in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he monitored the
security provided to the federal judiciary and supervised the $150
million budget. He also coordinated the investigation of the bombing
of the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mr. Tucker returned to Arizona in March 1996. In January 1997, he
started his own Investigations Company, T.I.P.S. (Tucker
Investigations and Protective Services).
Mr. Tucker was hired by the State of Arizona’s Department of
Economic Security, Office of Special Investigations, to conduct an
assessment of that unit in 2000–2001. During this period, he was
appointed chief of the unit and submitted a comprehensive evaluation
to the governor.
He has been the recipient of numerous special achievement awards for
investigative and supervisory activities, as well as the Secretary
of the Treasury Award for outstanding investigations. Mr. Tucker has
been an EEOC counselor for each agency and has been instrumental in
developing diversity and sensitivity trainings for upper-level
management and other employees.
Mr. Tucker graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor
Degree in Sociology/Criminology. He is an active member of NOBLE,
the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and
was a member of their executive board.
Tucker lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Wendy, who owns
several Chompie’s Delicatessens with her family.