Gang Related (2014) s01e11 Episode Script

La Luz Verde

Previously on Gang Related Agent Thomas Luiz.
He's currently working undercover at Daniel Acosta's bank.
But everything about this guy tells me he's not the type to break the rules.
Then you have to find a reason for him to break them.
I hear your hedge fund's killin' it.
- Let's do some business.
- You're in.
- You're running a Ponzi scheme.
- Daniel Acosta.
- No, no, no.
No, hold on.
Hold on.
- You have the right - to remain silent.
- Wait, wait, wait.
_ Sí.
So we take out the leaders of the Metas before they know what hit them.
You think there's a mole in the force? I don't know.
Do you? You think you're the only one my dad's got under? ATF intercepted chatter about a massive arms shipment that's heading to Los Angeles.
One the exchange is made, I'll give the order to move in.
And we will finally bring down Javier Acosta.
His truck's on the move.
A GPS tracker was placed on Lopez's car.
If Javier Acosta pulls another Houdini act and escapes the GTF, we'll know Lopez is the mole.
What the hell is he doing? Please forgive me.
What's happening? You're surrounded, Acosta! Step outside the vehicle with your hands up! Place all your personal belongings inside the tray, please.
Now your clothes.
Here you go.
Face the camera.
Drop the boxers.
Bend over and lift your junk.
Now cough twice.
Put your boxers back on and step forward.
Okay, Cap needs you to fax Javier's arrest records to the DA's office right away, Cash.
- Well, I got my hands full.
- Figure it out.
Ryan.
I called you six times, man! Why haven't you called me back? Listen up, everybody! Are you there? Listen to me, I just don't have much time to talk.
Ryan, my father's in jail! What the hell did you do? Everybody, stop what you're doing for a second.
- I have some good news.
- Just fly the kite, okay? I gotta go.
Wait, wait, wait.
No, no, no, don't-don't hang up.
Damn it! Our request to expedite Javier Acosta's bail hearing went through.
The hearing is now scheduled for 8:00 a.
m.
However, that only leaves us four hours to get our paperwork in order, so we're gonna have to hustle.
Thanks to our golden boy.
Good job, Lopez.
Yeah.
It was a team effort.
Yeah, well, don't crack open the champagne just yet.
Arresting Javier was only the beginning.
Even from a jail cell, he can still call the shots.
And as long as he has a mole in the department, we can't necessarily stop that.
Now that Javier's arrested, you don't think the mole will go into hiding? Well, actually, now that he's in jail, he's gonna need that mole more than ever.
Which is why I've asked the U.
S.
attorney for permission to wiretap the entire Acosta family, effective within the hour.
That mole pops his head out We'll lop it off.
It's been 12 hours since last night's shocking arrest of Javier Acosta.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ We're set up outside the courthouse waiting for the bail hearing on Javier Acosta.
Now, we understand from the district attorney's office that Captain Chapel, just one question.
No comment.
Judge Cobian arranged for us to watch the trial in his private chamber.
We got front row seats to watch 'em fry Acosta's ass.
Paul Carter, IAD.
I wanted to talk to you about the Javier Acosta bust.
Hey, I'll, uh I'll meet up with you guys in a minute.
All right.
I'm sure you know ADA Chapel and I were running an investigation on Detective Lopez at that time.
I read your report.
Your theory that Lopez is the mole - in the department.
- Then you know that just before Lopez arrested Acosta, he made a call to run our plates.
He spotted your vehicle, thought it could be counter-surveillance.
It was a good call, pulling you over.
Yes, it was.
That's how he knew we were on his tail.
I also think that's the reason he arrested Javier Acosta.
I think Lopez realized that the only way to protect his cover was to arrest Acosta.
Let me continue my investigation so I can prove it.
Let's discuss this after the hearing.
Your Honor, Mr.
Acosta must be denied bail.
He's a clear threat to the community.
He was arrested transporting arms with a street value of more than $20 million.
If you let him go today, it's-it's a two-hour drive to the Mexican border, and this is a man who has built his entire empire on transporting drugs between Mexico into Los Angeles.
Whatever dog and pony show my counterpart may put on with you today, Mr.
Acosta's history makes it clear he is a threat to this community.
He should be denied bail.
Your Honor, I respectfully request that, uh, bail be granted for Javier Acosta for the reason that Mr.
Acosta was only in proximity - to the arms at the time of his arrest - Objection.
Hearsay.
Not in possession of them.
Get to your point, Counselor.
Mr.
Acosta drove himself there with no regard for his own personal safety when he got wind that Mr.
Jesse Santos, the sole driver of the confiscated truck, had intentions of purchasing the arms.
They found a patsy.
Quite frankly, this was a selfless act committed by Javier Acosta, not a felonious one.
Now, I have a-a video deposition - from Mr.
Santos - Objection, Your Honor.
We have not been submitted this.
Corroborating Mr.
Acosta's statements of that night.
We haven't even seen this - video deposition.
- I apologize, Your Honor, but Mr.
Santos only decided to come forward and tell the truth an hour ago.
Son of a bitch is gonna skate.
We're losing him.
No, we're not.
In light of this new evidence, I have no choice but to grant a reprieve so we can sort this whole mess out.
Your Honor, wait.
Who are you, sir? Detective Ryan Lopez, Javier Acosta's arresting officer.
What are you doing? Trust me.
Your Honor, this is no Javier Acosta's trial; this is simply a bail hearing.
We are here to assess whether he is a danger to his community, an argument I believe I can make if you allow me to put Detective Lopez on the stand.
I'll allow it.
You served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, is that correct, Detective Lopez? Objection.
Relevance.
Speaks to his expertise in the arms that were confiscated.
I'll allow it.
Yes.
I did.
And what kind of arms did you confiscate from Mr.
Acosta when you arrested him in Lancaster last night? Military grade.
Mark 19s.
Surface-to-air missiles, including 5,000 rounds of armor-piercing bullets.
Why would someone need armor-piercing rounds? To shoot through Kevlar vests.
To kill cops.
I also found a dozen remote-activated claymore mines.
Do you have any first-hand experience with those kinds of explosives? I do.
My convoy was hit with one while transporting gas to Kandahar.
Half my platoon, those within the blast radius, were killed.
The other half wished they'd been.
I guess I was lucky.
Your Honor, in light of Detective Lopez's statement, I implore you to deny Javier Acosta bail, invoking Title Eight, Section 813 - of the Patriot Act.
- Objection! My client's not a terrorist.
In addition, Section 802 broadened the Act's focus to include domestic terrorism.
It allows you to hold a suspect without bail.
Now I urge you to make your ruling pursuant to that statute.
Los Angelicos has been a cancer on this city for two decades.
Objection, Your Honor! The witness has finished his testimony.
I will allow it.
A question has not been asked! Counselor, you are out of order.
Please sit down.
Please continue, Detective.
Los Angelicos has been a cancer on this city for two decades, with Javier Acosta at the head.
He is a constant threat.
The sad reality is that if you grant Mr.
Acosta bail, he will continue to wreak havoc in and around this city, and any blood spilled will be on your hands, not ours.
Bail denied.
Hey, great work in there, Lopez.
Holy hell.
You just buried Acosta.
No, I would say the man just slam-dunked on the whole Los Angelicos.
Oh, my God.
Quick thinking.
Thanks.
I learned from the best.
Oh, I've got to stop teaching you.
You might take over my job.
District Attorney Ellis Agent Carter, please don't tell me you still think Lopez is the mole.
Especially after what he did in there.
How do you explain that? I think he did it for me.
To throw me off his trail.
And if you let me continue my investigation, I'll prove it.
You're asking me to continue an investigation on a hero cop who just pulled down the biggest drug kingpin in Los Angeles? No, absolutely not.
The investigation is over.
That's all.
That could have gone better.
You're not buying this whole Lopez-as-hero-cop thing, are you? I didn't before, but Ellis is right.
Come on.
Wait, wait, wait.
There-There are still so many unanswered questions here.
No, you need to let it go.
You were wrong about Lopez.
So was I.
This bail denial was a significant step in the right direction toward bringing Javier Acosta to trial.
My task force, in conjunction with the district attorney's office, has every intention of trying Mr.
Acosta to the fullest extent of the law.
Ryan, that was a hell a move you pulled in there.
Hey, sorry to surprise you like that.
I, uh, couldn't just let him walk.
No, it was smart thinking.
Saw Carter talking to the DA.
Even after all this, he's still convinced I'm crooked? What Carter thinks at this point doesn't matter.
You're a hero.
I'm no hero.
I'm just a cop doing his job like all the rest, nothing more.
- Your dad.
- I don't care.
Do you? Look, I know you're gonna be really busy today, but we haven't seen much of each other lately.
And it's my fault.
I'd like to explain tonight.
That could be tough.
I'm not taking no for an answer, so I'll see you tonight.
Okay.
Cap, uh - Hmm? - I was gonna tell you.
I just wasn't sure how you'd take it.
It's okay.
I've been a detective longer than you've been alive.
I knew about that for weeks.
And you never said anything? Ryan, if I had to handpick someone for my daughter, it would be you.
Thank you, sir.
Call me "Dad.
" I'm kidding.
Listen to me.
You took down Javier Acosta.
That's a career-changer.
But it also puts a bull's-eye on your back.
Angelicos have taken out cops for a lot less than.
So I want you to stay on high alert.
Watch your ass.
I will.
- Dad.
- Hey, Pops.
Lose the long faces.
No one died, huh? - Not yet.
- Don't even think about it, Carlos.
Think about it.
I plan on doing it.
You saw what he did.
There's got to be an explanation.
Two weeks ago, he risked his life for me, - for all of us.
- Yeah, well, that's the thing.
Maybe he got popped for real.
Maybe he flipped to save his own ass.
Maybe that's the reason why we're sitting here right now.
- Has he contacted you? - No.
He hung up before he had a chance to talk.
I don't get it, Pop.
Why are you protecting him? The orphan, he showed us his true colors.
No, right now he could be the only thing that's saving us.
Got to be a reason he's done this.
But if you're wrong, he knows everything about us.
Everything.
He could be getting ready to make a move on the rest of us.
Daniel, you need to talk to him.
I flew a kite this morning.
And if we don't hear back from that fool with an explanation of what he's done? Then we do what we have to do.
Not a moment before that, Carlos, entiendes? Where we at with the payment? _ We got just enough.
Make the payment on time.
Just 'cause I'm in jail, they don't expect any detour from our agreement.
If we make this payment, we won't have any money left for your defense, Dad.
Don't worry about me right now, mijo.
Make the payment.
We do that, we cover our backs.
We can attack what's in front of us.
Daniel, contact the orphan.
That's first and foremost.
I need to know exactly where we stand with him.
All right.
_ ¿Sí, señor? _ _ _ Talk to me.
What's going on, Tae? Our surveillance detail shows Daniel Acosta's on the move.
- Where's he headed? - Looks like Peacock Hill.
Location in the middle of the night maybe he's gonna meet with the mole.
All right, let's roll.
Lopez, where the hell are you, man? At home.
What's up? Get your hands off the boss' daughter and put that Cold Duck on ice, man.
It's going down.
What is? Chapel placed an unmarked vehicle outside of Daniel Acosta's house to keep an eye on him.
And guess what? Pretty boy's on the move.
- We think he's gonna meet the mole.
- Where? We're pulling up into Peacock Hill.
We're about a quarter mile southeast on the corner of Solano and Amador.
Tan vehicle on site with a handful of L.
A.
's finest.
Just hurry your ass over here, man.
You're gonna miss the show.
- Cap and I are en route.
- All right.
I'm on my way.
I'll be there as soon as I can.
Damn it! Hey.
Well, what did he say, mijo? He never showed last night.
Well, are you sure he got the message? Yes.
The kite was gone this morning.
Pop, I know how much you care about the orphan, but we're your family.
The ones sitting here right now.
Not him.
Wait, wait, wait.
There could still be a reason.
We don't know for sure.
That's exactly why we ain't got no choice.
If we're right about him, every one of us are gonna end up in jail.
We haven't seen eye-to-eye lately.
This is crazy.
I don't like it any more than you do.
We simply can't take that chance.
We have to protect la familia.
Okay.
_ Acostas' mole never showed up? Nah, poor Daniel was dangling in the wind for, like, three hours on top of the hill last night.
Javier's gonna be pissed.
That mole better hope we find him before Los Angelicos do.
while pretty boy was waiting, he text the same number, like, 22 times.
We know who the phone belongs to? No, but we tracked it down.
The number belongs to a SIM card purchased at a convenience store in Canoga Park six months ago.
No paper trail, no video.
The SIM card's inactive, so the messages keep pinging back.
Until the phone powers up again.
Yeah, when that happens, then we got our man.
I think I have a way to get that phone ringing.
What do you mean? One thing we know about Acosta, good or not, is that he cares about his family, especially Daniel.
If Acosta thought Daniel was in imminent danger, he'd do whatever he had to do to protect him.
Probably means he'd need his mole's help.
Daniel's bank was busted, but the charges were dropped.
He's in no legal danger.
He doesn't know that.
I could, uh, make a play that we found additional evidence on the SunnyLinks case.
Enough to put Daniel into County.
Javier knows Daniel won't last a night in there.
That's one hell of a bluff.
Come on.
You got to let me play that card, Cap.
Look, I busted him.
He knows I'll do whatever it takes to hurt him and his family.
Let me go see Javier, talk to him.
We need to root out that mole once and for all.
Okay, but you remember what I said, and you watch your back.
You got it.
Armor-piercing bullets? Just in case he's wearing his vest.
The traitor had it coming, Tio.
He's ain't one of us.
He never was.
One should never dance on a man's grave, Carlos.
Ryan did a lot for this familia.
Now if Javier wants him dead, I'll do it, but I won't do it gladly.
Get the hell off my father's desk.
They need to discuss your father's defense, Carlos.
Let them.
Take a walk, Gnomo.
So what's next? Well, the prosecution's pushing for an early trial date.
Less preparation time means more lawyers, right? And how much more is that gonna cost us? To get the right team, I'm gonna need a million as soon as possible as a retainer.
Quarter million a month after that.
I have $4 million tied up in SunnyLinks.
We'll su'em for that.
I already looked into that.
Jason and his team dispersed the SunnyLinks money into untouchable offshore trusts.
What about his home, his cars? None of those assets are in his name.
They're listed under his own legitimate corporation.
We got no legal recourse here.
So I lose everything, and Jason skates off scot-free? I know it's unfair, Daniel, but it's the law.
The grass ain't always greener on the other side, huh, college boy? Shut up, Carlos.
There's got to be some way to get that money.
_ No.
_ _ Mike, we're gonna need some privacy.
Mike's on my payroll.
You can speak freely.
I hope you have a good explanation for what you did, Ryan.
I had no choice, Javier.
What happened? IA put a GPS tracker on my car.
They believed I was the mole.
Seeing what I was gonna do, if I was gonna let you get away again or not.
I had to do my job.
Your job was to make sure that I didn't end up here in the first place.
Without my badge, I can't protect the family! Yo soy la familia! Why didn't you meet with Daniel last night? I tried.
Ever since the arrest, the GTF got permission to put wiretaps on the entire family.
And these charges are they going to stick? Yes.
They are.
You're looking at real time here.
But we can use this to our advantage.
We stick to the script that you wrote.
Tio takes out the Metas in Colima while the GTF cripples them in Los Angeles.
Leaving El Mozo.
To become king, you have to kill the king.
You have to do this yourself, Javier.
You understand what it is you're asking me to do? Yes.
And it's the only thing we can do to protect the family.
We're running out of time.
It won't be long till the Metas figure out you killed Salazar.
But he's in supermax.
It would take months to get a transfer there.
That's time we don't have.
Not if you plead guilty.
They'll transfer you from County immediately.
I'm gonna do everything in my power to put you in the same supermax as El Mozo.
How can you be sure you can do that? I can't be.
That's where I need your help.
Despite the fact that I arrested you, IAD and the GTF are still hunting for this mole, and until they find that mole, I'm always gonna be under a microscope.
I need them off my trail.
You're the only one that can make that happen.
How? Carlos once told me that I wasn't the only cop you had under.
I need a name.
And what, exactly, are you going to do with that information? I deliver that mole to the GTF, it takes all suspicion off me.
It's either him or us.
Rafael Nunez.
He's a Los Angeles County sheriff.
Does he know about me? No.
How do I know he won't give you up when I find him? Because he will no longer be alive once you find him.
Like you said, it's either him or us.
What the hell was he doing here? Says he's innocent.
That he had no choice but to arrest me.
You believe him? He's got a pretty good plan to get us out of this mess.
I'm still not sure.
So what? You want me to lift the green light on him? No.
Not yet.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LAPD.
Is anyone here? Who are you? Put the gun down.
Who are you? Detective Lopez, LAPD.
What are you doing in my house? I had a shots fired call.
call to this address.
I was in the neighborhood.
Look, I'm gonna show you my badge, all right? Are you, uh are you Officer Rafael Nunez? Yeah.
But there wasn't any shots fired at this address.
It must've been a mix-up.
Dispatch gave me this address.
All right, look, I'm gonna holster my weapon, all right? All right, uh just lower the weapon and I'm on my way.
Hey, Lopez.
If it was a shots fired call, you would've responded with backup.
Where's your partner? Acosta sent you here, didn't he? Look, I don't know what you're talking about.
Toss your weapon.
Now.
Put the gun down.
No.
You're here to kill me.
I don't know what the hell you're talking about.
I know what's going on.
Javier's been covering up his tracks, tying up loose ends.
Just put the gun down.
Toss your weapon now! Here it is.
All right? Putting it down.
Here it is.
Whatever it is you're thinking, it's not true, okay? You're high and you're paranoid.
All right? Just put the gun down.
I promise you, everything's gonna be all right, okay? I knew this was gonna happen, once he was done with me.
Rafael, don't do this.
Tell Javier none of it was worth it.
Not a single day.
No! - Cap the mole.
- Son of a bitch popped his head up.
I want an address, now.
Now! Call in a warrant.
Damn it! Tio.
Are you in? Yeah, I'm checking it out.
Ryan? You home? Yeah? Lopez, your plan worked.
We shook Acosta.
The mole powered up his phone.
You track it? Yeah, to a sheriff's deputy in Panorama City.
Rafael Nunez.
We're en route now.
Panorama City, that puts me about 15 minutes out.
I'm gonna text you the address now, Lopez.
Clear.
Clear.
Clear.
Son of a bitch.
I, uh, I got the phone.
This is it.
All these texts are from Daniel Acosta.
Check the house.
Look for anything that we can tie to Los Angelicos.
Think I got something.
A couple passports.
A few thousand in cash.
We found Javier Acosta's mole.
Yeah, too bad Los Angelicos found him first.
What the hell? I got this, Carlos.
- It ain't Ryan.
- Who is it? Looks like that lawyer that was at my dad's trial this morning.
What the hell is she doing here? I don't know, but we need to take her out before Ryan gets home.
We're not authorized to do that.
If we don't, she could warn him.
Take her out.
Ryan? Your door's open.
Ryan? Ryan? You hear from our contacts? Yeah.
As far as the police know, Rafael Nunez shot himself.
Police find anything that can hurt us? No.
Just enough to prove that Nunez was the mole.
He killed him.
Ryan passed the test.
You bring the burner? Yeah.
Sí, jefe? Ryan passed the test.
- Lift the green light.
- Sí.
Ryan? What the hell's going on? Did you do the bitch or what? Your father called off the hit.
Come on, kiddo.
It's bedtime.
Here we go.
- Daniel, what are you doing here? - Hey.
I need to talk to you, man.
Jason? It's not really a great time, okay? I know, I-I-I just I need a minute.
Listen to me, buddy, I am sorry about what went down, okay? But I don't even think I should be talking to you without a lawyer present.
Jason, come on, man.
I've know you since we were 18 at Stanford.
I just need a minute.
Please.
I wouldn't be here if it wasn't an emergency.
Okay.
Five minutes.
Hey, sweetie, why don't you, uh, take him upstairs? Hey, it's all right.
Okay? All right? You get up to bed, all right? Talk in my office? Wow.
Nicklaus used this club to win the '86 Masters.
That's nice.
Someone gave it to me as a gift.
Danny why are you here? I need my money back, Jason.
The $4 million I invested with SunnyLinks.
I don't have it.
- Jason, come on, man.
- Look, the fund imploded.
Okay? You're not the only one who lost everything.
"Everything"? I mean it doesn't look like you lost everything.
Look.
We both know you took your money out.
And I'm sure you're hiding it somewhere.
But I did lose everything, okay? My savings, my reputation, my career.
And you know what? That's okay.
But now my family's in trouble.
And my father needs that money for his legal defense.
Money you stole! And that's not okay.
I'm not asking, Jason.
I'm begging.
Please.
Just give it back.
Not a penny more, not a penny less.
Just the $4 million you stole from me.
Danny, look.
I'm sorry, okay? But it's like I said.
I just don't have it.
Okay.
Okay.
Danny? Hey, Danny! Hey No! Oh! You have two hours to wire that money into my account.
Two hours.
Don't make me come back.
He's the criminal.
Not me.
Jason! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ All this noise It fades away Hallowed ground And heavy haze These open streets In golden dust The hopes I hold become my past Wasted lines Fill the air Hasty choices without A care All this noise It fades away Hallowed ground and heavy haze.