Joaquin “Jack” Garcia is the former undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the Gambino crime family of Cosa Nostra in New York for nearly three years, resulting in the arrest and conviction of 32 mobsters. He worked on over 100 major undercover investigations over his 26 year career. He wrote a New York Times bestseller called Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family.
Some interesting insights from this episode:
- Being a good undercover is not something you can learn. It’s something you’re born with.
- Undercover skills include thinking quick on your feet, being comfortable around all types of people, knowing how to read people, being quick witted, and likeable.
- Sometimes he was juggling upwards of 6 different identifies and roles at the same time.
- The Gambino case led to the arrest and conviction of 32 mobsters.
- He worked on over 100 major undercover investigations over his career.
- “Excellence is being the best in what you set out to do. Look in the mirror and see if you’ve given it 100%. And if the answer is yes, then you have attained excellence.”