Mendelsohn, I understand you have a question for me.
Yes, I have. Then I looked from Tom to Bob, then back to the speaker phone.
me pose a hypothetical situation. If an individual is arrested for drug
smuggling and wishes to assist the government, uh, what will the government
do for that, uh, individual?
cannot specifically tell you, Mr. Mendelsohn, because I dont know
the extent of the drug smuggling operation, nor do I know the nature
and extent of the assistance.
heart dropped down to my shoes.
can say this, if the assistance is substantial, the government will
recommend a significant reduction in that individuals sentence.
US Attorney James Burns was a straight shooter. I appreciated that.
Thank you for your time and candor, I said and meant it.
there a question about protection for your family or yourself?
this point there is not, I frankly told him.
was where the conversation ended.
Tom and Bob were still staring me in the face. Even if I closed my eyes,
they would not go away.
was time for me to face the music. Ill help, I said,
dry mouthed. Lets get started.
that point I thought that Tom and Bob would give each other high fives.
They didnt. They were professionals.
occurs when you reach New York? Tom wanted to know. He was cool
but he couldnt hide the excitement in his voice.
my hands under my chin and leaned forward in my chair. I go to
our travel agency on Thirty-Fourth Street and deliver the vest to Mohammed
Yousaf. Hes the guy the women call Tony.
Tom left the office. He reminded me of a hot shot reporter running to
find a phone, calling in that story, making the front page headline.
returned about ten minutes later. The United States Customs Service
would like you to make a controlled delivery.
new friends are teaching me a new language. I had to ask, What
is a controlled delivery?
it is a delivery of drugs monitored by agents, Tom explained patiently,
from inception to conclusion.
sounded like something I could do.
deliver the vest to Mohammad, all the while being scrutinized by customs
agents. When the heroin is accepted by Mohammad, the agents will enter
the travel office and arrest him.
still needed more from me.
procedure is to telephone MO from OHare, I told Tom, after
passing through Customs. I give MO the password sentence: The
eagle has landed, and hang the phone up. I have to make this call
as soon as possible. If the call is not made, MO will most likely figure
that the operation is blown. MO will hightail it to Pakistan.
have to wait on the phone call to MO until Chicago Customs can coordinate
with the New York Customs, Tom tells me.
at that point, showing Tom and Bob I didnt like all this delay.
If I was going to give MO, I wanted to get it over with.
reason being that controlled delivery will take place in their jurisdiction,
Tom went on to explain to me.
want to hear all that, I just wanted to get this show on the road.
hours later they were still coordinating the operation.
According to the clock on the wall it was 3:30 p.m.
tired and frustrated. I had to say something.
had always heard of government inefficiency, and now I see it with my
very own eyes. If you people were running a private enterprise, you
would be out of business in less than a week.
wanted to ignore me, but, because Id been such a help, he had
to give me something even if it was after four more hours. The
coordination is accomplished, he told me at 7:30 p.m., and
there is an okay to call Mohammed.
to make the delivery by myself. Isabel would not help and Maria was
too frightened. They gave me a story to tell MO as to the reasons the
women would not accompany me. A listening device and a tape recorder
were attached to the phone. I had already given MOs telephone
number to Tom. I stood near Tom while he punched in the numbers before
he handed the phone to me. I got MOs wife.
this is Mel. How are you?
Fine, and you?