RatSnakes: An Inside Look at the ATF’s Elite Undercover Unit

RatSnakes: An Inside Look at the ATF’s Elite Undercover Unit

Date: August 10, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 p.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman Room
Cost: Free for Museum members or with Museum admission

Vincent Cefalu, retired agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will describe the work of the agency’s elite undercover unit, known as the RatSnakes. The RatSnakes infiltrated biker gangs and other organized crime groups. After 30 years as an ATF undercover operative, Cefalu is telling his story about the dangerous and secret world of the groups he infiltrated – from the Ku Klux Klan to motorcycle gangs to Asian organized crime groups.

A book signing in the retail store follows this program. 

 

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Vincent A. Cefalu  

Vincent A. Cefalu


Vincent A. Cefalu was born and raised just North of San Francisco in Marin County, California. After a troubled youth and lackluster academic performance, He enlisted in the U.S. Marines where he spent 6 years in the military police and ultimately served in a classified Special Operations unit. The hook was set. Continuing to pursue his law enforcement career, he joined the Athens Ga. Police Department while finishing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in hopes of securing a position in Federal Law Enforcement. After Being hired by and spending a couple years with the U.S. Customs Service chasing drug smugglers in S. Florida, Vince had a life changing experience with some very scary ATF Special Agents, and as they say, “the rest is history.” Vince had found a home. Later earning a master’s degree in the Psychological sciences, Vince’s trajectory took him into the shadows of undercover work, SRT (special response team member and hostage negotiations).