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Rick Cowan is retired first-grade detective who went undercover to investigate and expose mafia control the waste disposal industry. He was born and raised in New Jersey, where he was employed variously as a corrections officer, welder, and construction worker before beginning a law enforcement career with several small New Jersey police forces. In June 1988, Cowan joined the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigations Division (OCID) as a “white shield.” He spent years undercover on the case and put dozens of mobsters behind bars. He retired in 2008, after 25 years on the force.
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