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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Life Undercover: "No More Blunders"

Learning to become an undercover narc is risky work. Tony Falcon walks us through the learning process:

Things were moving along pretty fast on my first day of undercover work. I was just going with the flow and trying to take it all in, not saying much and hoping Poison didn't ask too many questions. It was obvious that my partners had spent a good amount of time in the bar and everyone seemed to know who they were, not in the real sense, but whatever their cover story was, everyone was buying it. LT had spent the travel time between the station and the bar briefing me on general administrative guidelines of the unit. Now, here I sat with a hardbody in my lap with three of her equally qualified friends holding down my partners. "Biker Tom," another of the narcs in the unit, came in after we had been there about a half hour. BT was immediately snagged by "Satin," his regular girl. I was still trying to figure out who was "friendly" and who was a "target." I figured at least one of the girls was probably working as an informant, but I had to wait for a better time to ask questions. "Watch and learn - No more blunders."

LIFE UNDERCOVER [Tony Falcon, Feb. 15, 2005]

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