The FBI flew me to Cleveland for an in-person interview with Dan Estrem, the squad supervisor Herb Cohrs, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (“ASAC”) Larry Collins, and Special Agent in Charge (“SAC”) Bill Branon. The interviews lasted all day, and my inexperience in both the FBI and undercover operations came shining through. The only thing I had going for me at this point was my honesty, sincerity, and the undeniable passion, for this undercover operation. I never let them see any self-doubt on my part or gave them any indication that I would not be able to pull this off.
But there was simply no way I could hide the fact that I had no undercover experience and had only been an agent for two years. This was going to be a massive case that targeted the Cleveland Police Department. It also required the agent to run a casino like a skilled gambler. Something I was not. Considering all my shortcomings, I was positive that there was absolutely no way they were going to select me for their undercover operation, especially since their target was police officers. Because who would know an undercover operation better than the police? Wouldn’t they be able to spot one a mile away? How in the world would l be able to pull that off?
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