Joaquin Garcia is hardly a household name. If you ask law enforcement officials in the United States, though, they all know and respect him. From 1980 to 2006, Garcia was an undercover agent for the Federal◆ Bureau◆ of Investigation (FBI), the national police force in the United States.
__1__ That’s because organized crime in the form of the Mafia◆ has deep roots there. Since the 19th century, Italian mobsters◆ have been involved in extortion◆, money laundering◆, drugs, and prostitution◆. Garcia gained their trust and rose almost to the top of the organization after four years. __2__ Today, these Italian mob families are all but history.
Garcia was made for the job. __3__ He used his size to enter crime gangs as their “muscle,” meaning an enforcer for mob kings that uses fear and force to get what they want. He also posed as a drug trafficker◆ and even a jewel thief to gain the trust of crime leaders. __4__ So what does Garcia do now?
In 2015, the Guardians of Rescue, an animal protection outfit, announced they had hired Garcia to help them root out animal cruelty. __5__ Though the group cannot make arrests, the former FBI agent’s investigations can help the police bring animal abusers to justice. With Garcia on board, we can expect a lot of success from a really big real-life hero.
(A) Therefore, the Italian government took extreme measures to deal with the problem of drug trafficking.
(B) Garcia worked in crime-ridden Boston, Hollywood, Miami, and Atlantic City, but most of his work was in New York.
(C) From abused animals to illegal breeding to dog fighting, there is plenty of organized crime that involves defenseless animals.
(D) Standing at an astounding 193 centimeters and weighing over 170 kilograms, Garcia could frighten even professional wrestlers.
(E) In 2006 Garcia retired from the FBI and is now regarded as one of the most successful undercover agents in the history of the bureau.
(F) His efforts resulted in the arrest of more than 30 mobsters, including top members of the Gambino crime family, one of the most dangerous crime groups in the world.