Comprehension Check. Read the article about an anti-drug raid in Hawaii, the USA. The events of the story are given not in chronological order. Read five jumbled paragraphs and restore the article

9.4.1 Find the following words and collocations in your dictionary. They will help you while reading this text:

law inforcement significant (adj) dismantle (v)
“dirty money” suspect (v) distribute (v)
resident(n) ten-fold increase squeeze(v)
raid (n) wrap (v) black tar cocaine
investigation (n)   location (n)
  Text B  

For Mexican drug ring in Hawaii, aloha means goodbye . . .

a. Operation Pipeline took off on Thanksgiving weekend 2000, and law enforcement officials had already arrested 18 suspects - residents and Mexican nationals in the country illegally - and deported a number of them before the final raid on December 20, 2001.

b. In a dawn raid a few days before Christmas, Customs special agents in Hawaii hit 10 different locations, arresting 16 individuals suspected of smuggling and distributing black tar cocaine, and seizing significant amounts of "dirty money," guns, and illegal narcotics - 20 pounds of black- tar heroin wrapped in electrical tape, and squeezed in among yard plants in ordinary, everyday containers.

c. Operation Pipeline was over. It had been a 13-month investigation, a campaign that involved Customs, the FBI, the National Guard, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney, and all four county police departments. "We have totally dismantled the organization," an official from the Hawaii Police Department said. And that appears to have been no small feat.

d. About 20 pounds of heroin and the $160,000 seized during the raid represent only part of the $2 million worth of heroin the drug ring distributed during its four years of operation in Hawaii.

e. From 1997 to 2000, police statistics reported a ten-fold increase in the number of people arrested for heroin possession. Law enforcement officials across the Hawaii Islands say that heroin and crystal methamphetamine have clearly overtaken cocaine and marijuana as the new "drugs of choice," and that some users combine heroin and "ice" to counter the harsh reentry.

9.4.3 What do the following numbers mentioned in the text refer to?

20 $2mln 13 $160, 000 18 10

Grammar Assignments

9.5.1 Fill in each space in the following sentences with a verb given in brackets in a suitable form:

1) If you (follow) the customs instructions and if you do not break any law, you (enjoy) your trip abroad.

2) If you (carry) goods for commercial purpose, go to the channel indicated by the red symbol.

3) If you (catch) with goods that are prohibited or restricted, or goods in excess of your Customs allowances, you (risk) heavy fines and possibly a prison sentence.

4) You could pass through the green channel only if you (not have) any goods to declare to Customs.

5) If you (carry) any commercial goods, or goods belonging to your employer, such as laptop computers, you must declare them in the Red Channel.

9.5.2 Fill each space in the following text with one suitable verb from the box:

working loaded seized discovered was arrested alerted to appeared

U.S. Customs Service inspectors ... at the Otay Mesa port of entry on Friday evening ... over three tons of marijuana from a tractor-trailer truck ... with a cargo of furniture. The seizure was made at around 6p.m. on July 19, after inspectors noticed that the driver ... extremely nervous. During a secondary examination, a Customs narcotics detector dog ... to the trailer and its load of sofas. Inspectors ... a false front wall behind which were 2.125 wrapped packages of marijuana... 7,513 pounds and valued at $3,4 million. The 25-year -old driver ... by U.S. Customs special agents and subsequently transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Centre.

Read the following story. Try to memorize the dialogue

Text C

The Smuggler

Sam Lewis was a customs officer. He used to work in a small border town. The road was usually very quiet and there were not many travelers. It was not a very interesting job, but Sam liked an easy life. About once a week he used to meet an old man. His name was Draper. He always used to arrive at the border early in the morning in a big truck. The truck was always empty. After a while Sam became suspicious. He often used to search the truck, but never found anything. One day he asked Draper about his job. Draper laughed and said: ”I am a smuggler”. Last year Sam retired. He spent his savings on an expensive holiday. He flew to Bermuda, and stayed in a luxury hotel. One day he was sitting by the pool and saw Draper drinking champagne. Sam walked over to him.

Sam: Hello, there!

Draper: Hi!

Sam: Remember me?

Draper: Yes... Of course I do. You’re a customs officer.

Sam: I used to be, but I’m not anymore. I retired last month. I often used to

search your truck....

Draper: ...but you never found anything!

Sam: No, I didn’t. Can I ask you something?

Draper: Of course you can.

Sam: Were you a smuggler?

Draper: Sure I was.

Sam: But ... the truck was always empty. What were you smuggling?

Draper: Trucks.

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