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Bette braced herself for the tedious process of working this case off-book. It would take a considerable amount of time and resources, and require access to restricted law enforcement files and data systems. To pull this off, she’d have to go about her daily business working her official caseload. She’d have to collect every piece of information on Diego Rojas, Kiss, and Los Dorados with no one finding out.
Bette waited in her car until Eric pulled into his usual section of the SFPD parking garage. She called him on his cell. “I’m in my car a few rows over. Let’s talk.”
Moments later, Eric opened her passenger door and slid into the front seat. “Are we ready to do this?”
“I am, but I don’t want your fingerprints on this.” As much as she appreciated everything he had done and would do for her, she needed to cut him out. If anyone risked their job to track down Diego’s burner phone, it would be her. “You’ve done enough by holding back Diego’s number. Many more rules need breaking, and I’ll be the one to do it. Tina and I can take it from here.”
Eric didn’t appear happy about her decision, but his sigh signaled he understood it. “All right, but promise you’ll bring me in when you get close. I know Tina is good, but you know I’ll always have your back.”
Considering Eric’s history and his reluctance to take a back seat, she respected him more for doing so. She stared him square in the eye. “I promise.”
The SFPD law enforcement data system required a secure login and a criminal case number to conduct an information search. The system logged and tracked each search, so Bette had to be cautious. To ensure nothing linked back to Eric, she waited until he went into the field, then at her desk, sifted through the case files he had her catch up on.
After picking one at random, she logged on and entered the case number. Keying in a few words, she started a reverse phone search for the different local area codes with the phone ending in 285-4421. She first tried area codes 415, 408, 510, and 650, the general locations of suspected Los Dorados’ labs.