Ed Newcomer is a special agent with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and is currently assigned to the Los Angeles field office. He currently serves as the Deputy Resident Agent in Charge for the Service’s criminal investigations in Southern California. As a special agent, Ed is responsible for investigating criminal violations of more than 27 federal wildlife laws including the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Lacey Act. Service special agents are charged with disrupting international and interstate criminal enterprises engaged in commercial trafficking of protected wildlife and other criminal activities that have major impacts on federally protected species. Ed has been recognized for distinguished service by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and several of his investigations have been featured in national publications, books, and broadcasts. Prior to joining the Service as a special agent, Ed practiced law for over ten years in the states of Washington and Colorado. During that time, he served as an assistant attorney general for both states and as a hearing officer for the state of Colorado. Ed maintains an active license to practice law in the state of Colorado.