IN TOO DEEP
AS THE U.K.’S HI-TECH UNIT followed the trail in Russia, Barrett was up to his neck in a different adventure.
On his return trips to Costa Rica during 2004, Barrett was treated not as a valued contractor but as a full-fledged business partner. The bookies welcomed him deeper into the inner circle of his new sponsor, Mickey Richardson. They came to trust him, blabbing over drinks about things outsiders never learned—like the fact that Mickey’s real name was Mickey Flynn III. Much of the Costa Rica gambling crowd, it turned out, had one name up north and another where it was warm. Many had women, even wives, arranged the same way.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Mickey had been in Central America for years, working his way up in the ...