When systemic corruption in the Drug Squad is exposed, the domestic drug charges against Tony collapse and he is set free - but the Mexican cocaine importation charge survives. Tony decides to stick to local drug operations from now on, and even contemplates restricting himself to legitimate property deals. But his friendship with the increasingly dangerous Carl, who's picking off the Carlton Crew one by one, is the albatross around his neck. Carl's blatant murder of Tony's good mate and small-time dealer Willie Thompson over a drug debt, and the killing of another friend to mask Willie's execution, have Tony feeling nervous. He fears that if he calls Carl out on the murders he will put himself in the firing line.