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Stephen Arrington promises that he is never boring. His life has been a whirlwind of adventure, both noble and unfortunately criminal. He grew up in Monrovia, California to a broken family where abuse was the norm. At the age of 17, he joined the Navy and made four tours to Vietnam. He became a bomb disposal frogman and was the chief of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 11. He worked with the CIA, for the Secret Service protecting foreign heads of state, and led his team on dangerous top-secret military operations. In his words, “A stupid marijuana mistake destroyed my naval career. I fell from the ranks of heroes.”
Two years later, he was hired as a pilot and right-hand man by a mentor whom he had not seen in seven years. Arrington did not know that Morgan Hetrick was a mentor gone bad. When he found out that Morgan was the #1 smuggler for the Medellin Drug Cartel it was too late to run. He was told, “Silver or Lead, take the money and co-pilot a drug plane from Colombia or take a bullet in the head. Four months later, he was arrested with John Z. DeLorean in what would become an international media blitz. His was a long journey out of the darkness and back into the light. He has since done over 5,000 presentations to public schools, churches, universities, youth lockups, prisons, conventions and for corporations.
Arrington has been featured on dozens of television networks. His newest book, a true-crime memoir, “In DeLorean’s Shadow, The Drug Trial of the Century by the Sole Surviving Defendant,” is about hope that never surrenders. On November 17, 2017, President Barrack Obama gave Stephen Arrington a Full and Unconditional Presidential Pardon because of his extensive work with youth. Please join me in giving a warm greeting to Stephen Arrington (pronounced Air ing ton)