But the offer was not so clear-cut to Jerry, who knew how the CIA operated. Eventually, they would want him to fly cocaine for them. He had lived in Medellin and knew first-hand what could happen, what had indeed already happened to others, so it was an offer he needed to think about. You'll have to read the book to learn his decision and the ramifications.
The CIA reached out to many pilots like Jerry. One of them was the man responsible for Jerry getting to Medellin. He had escaped from prison and needed someone to fly him to Colombia where he would be safe, so Jerry agreed. Years later, the man was jerked from his Colombian home and brought to the states for trial. To this day he claims to be a political prisoner, that he was working for the CIA, and his claim was echoed by the high Russian official in a published letter to an editor at the New York Times.