California Rapid Alert Narcotics Enforcement Agency
Cranea Recruiting: NEA Training Details
Cranea first introduced itself to the world on March 30, 2005, with the following mysterious email:

From: Michael Nyman [mailto:nobody@stanford.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:10 AM
To: {EMAIL}
Subject: Cranea Recruiting: NEA Training Details

Dear {NAME},

It was a pleasure meeting you last Thursday. I recalled that you
expressed some interest in the field of narcotics enforcement, so I
thought you might appreciate more information about Cranea and our
upcoming narcotics enforcement agent (NEA) training session.

In 2002, I was a Stanford student like you, searching for a summer
job in all the usual places, when I heard about a NEA training
session. I realized that a job at Cranea -- tracking down the most
cunning and powerful drug traffickers -- would be a fantastic
opportunity to serve my community and make California a safer place
to live. And indeed it was. In the past 3 years, my team has
followed the trails of several high-profile narcotics criminals,
leading to the capture of Erik Liskey, Jessie Stair, and even Buck
Argenziano (http://cranea.stanford.edu/case1.html).

If you want to test whether a career in narcotics enforcement is
right for you, come to our NEA training session! Our next session
will be held on Friday, April 22 at 6 PM, and will last
approximately 12 to 18 hours. We find that NEAs are most successful
in teams of 4-5 people, so tell your friends about Cranea and form
a team!

I encourage you to browse our Stanford recruiting website at
http://cranea.stanford.edu to learn more about the opportunities at
Cranea, and to apply for a spot at the training.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,
Michael Nyman

Field Investigator
California Rapid Alert Narcotics Enforcement Agency

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Apparently this email was too well disguised as yet-another-recruiting-pitch that most people didn't even notice the extreme oddity that Michael Nyman 1) knew their name, 2) claimed to have met them last week, and 3) was looking for undergrads to hunt down drug traffickers.

Props to Cameron Warren and Jim Zhuang of team Asians (and Token White Guy), and to Mary Amon of team The Rambaldi Artifact for actually figuring this one out!

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