Gulf Coast Wetlands, Texas Wildlife

Cops On a Bust Covert operations defend waterfowl and other wildlife

It's always a tense moment when Rick Leach breaks the news to a suspect that he is not a buddy but rather an undercover federal agent. The people whom the dark-haired, soft-spoken cop arrests are usually armed, and some take the news badly: at different times, men have tried to choke or shoot the agent. And so Leach is cautious as he pulls his rented Taurus into the driveway of the Friermood hunting lodge in the midst of Texas' vast Gulf Coast wetlands one clear morning this winter. Only two weeks earlier, Leach went duck hunting with a guide from the...

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