Getting Its Man: FBI Special Agent H. Edward Tickel

The FBI solves a ticklish case

A talent for installing electronic bugs during court-approved break-ins made Special Agent H. Edward Tickel the FBI'S top surreptitious entry expert. The 14-year veteran planted eavesdropping devices in the bureau's most famous cases, including the "Brilab" sting operation that led to the 1981 conspiracy conviction of Carlos Marcello, the reputed king of organized crime in New Orleans. But last week Tickel, 42, was fired by the FBI after being indicted by federal grand juries in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Va., for a variety of crimes that took place between 1977 and 1980. Tickel pleaded not guilty...

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