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Mr. Ed Newcomer

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Special Agent and Deputy Resident...

Local Address: Torrance, California, United States
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Dr. Room 520
Arlington , Virginia 22203
United States

Company Description: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the...   more
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Employment History

Education

  • law degree
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alrodngun.com, 14 Aug 2007 [cached]
It's true, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ed Newcomer, that the internet has made wildlife crime easier, and easier to hide. But it's also made it easier for wildlife law enforcement agents to pose as potential customers - and to catch people.
"What works for criminals also works for us," said Newcomer.
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"That's the engine that really drives this train," said Newcomer.
The drive that pushes people to buy such things as bird-eating spiders, giant African scorpions, poisonous snakes, macabre furniture and other ornaments made from animal parts is, said Newcomer, as simple as the desire to want something that nobody else has. The buyers are frequently people in upper income levels who simply seem to be taken by a novelty of the moment. The crime is compounded when the new owners of live exotic creatures become bored - and decide to dump them in the wild. That has helped place Florida at the top of the list of states with invasive species. California, where Newcomer is based, has its share.
How much illegal wildlife is available on the internet? Newcomer said it's difficult to know; there is no authoritative, dependable research. But as someone who spends time chasing internet crime, he's confident the numbers run to the thousands.
Newcomer thrives on the challenge; he relishes telling the story about how he and his colleagues nabbed a man in Los Angeles not long ago who billed himself as "the world's most wanted butterfly smuggler. He sold Newcomer $14,000 worth of protected butterflies and would have sold him $300,000 worth, if Newcomer had had the cash. The smuggler is spending two years in a federal prison.
The agents' undercover work is as much a battle of wits as anything else; they must change their tactics often - to fit the changing tactics of the people they are after.
Newcomer, who earned a law degree before deciding he wanted to be a wildlife agent, isn't discouraged. "Everything I work for is incapable of dialing 9-1-1," said Newcomer.
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www.socalaspa.org, 29 July 2013 [cached]
California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Student/Professional Event A student/professional dinner event with three distinguished speakers: Lisa Garrett, Director of Personal Department of Human Resources, Los Angeles County (confirmed) Ed Newcomer, Deputy Resident Agent in Charge, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Offi... more
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dailynexus.com, 2 Feb 2012 [cached]
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ed Newcomer said the organization relies on information from the community to solve these types of cases.
"What people often forget is that wildlife cannot call 911," Newcomer said. "So we really rely on people to tell us what is going on and what they observe - if they observe suspicious activity or if they see an injured pelican - to report that sort of thing."
Newcomer said it is difficult to determine the location of the attacks as pelicans are capable of swimming with injured wings.
Ed Newcomer, Deputy Resident ...
www.socalaspa.org [cached]
Ed Newcomer, Deputy Resident Agent in Charge, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement (confirmed)
It's true, said U.S. Fish and ...
www.huntersnotebook.com [cached]
It's true, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ed Newcomer, that the internet has made wildlife crime easier, and easier to hide.But it's also made it easier for wildlife law enforcement agents to pose as potential customers - and to catch people."What works for criminals also works for us," said Newcomer.
...
"That's the engine that really drives this train," said Newcomer.
The drive that pushes people to buy such things as bird-eating spiders, giant African scorpions, poisonous snakes, macabre furniture and other ornaments made from animal parts is, said Newcomer, as simple as the desire to want something that nobody else has.The buyers are frequently people in upper income levels who simply seem to be taken by a novelty of the moment.The crime is compounded when the new owners of live exotic creatures become bored - and decide to dump them in the wild.That has helped place Florida at the top of the list of states with invasive species.California, where Newcomer is based, has its share.
How much illegal wildlife is available on the internet?Newcomer said it's difficult to know; there is no authoritative, dependable research.But as someone who spends time chasing internet crime, he's confident the numbers run to the thousands.
Newcomer thrives on the challenge; he relishes telling the story about how he and his colleagues nabbed a man in Los Angeles not long ago who billed himself as "the world's most wanted butterfly smuggler."He sold Newcomer $14,000 worth of protected butterflies and would have sold him $300,000 worth, if Newcomer had had the cash.The smuggler is spending two years in a federal prison.
The agents' undercover work is as much a battle of wits as anything else; they must change their tactics often - to fit the changing tactics of the people they are after.
Newcomer, who earned a law degree before deciding he wanted to be a wildlife agent, isn't discouraged."Everything I work for is incapable of dialing 9-1-1," said Newcomer.
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