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Eddie Rivers

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Affiliation
Amateur drug smuggler
Born/Died
1965-1985
Status
Deceased, killed by Pepe Moya
Episode(s)
Played By


Eddie Rivers (1965-1985) was a teenager from New York City who, along with his friend Louis Martinez, became involved in smuggling drugs into Florida for Diego Moya. However, they were caught by Crockett and Tubbs and forced to help bring down the dealer.

When Diego Moya was killed in the resulting OCB sting, the Vice cops tried to get Eddie and Louis back to New York safely; although Louis made it, Eddie was killed by Diego's vengeful brother Pepe Moya at Miami International Airport.

Biography

One-time score

Eddie and his friend Louis Martinez dreamed of opening up a club in New York with money earned from a "one-time score" -- smuggling drugs into Miami for dealer Diego Moya, selling him the package and making off with $25,000 profit. At Miami International Airport, the pair bought Eddie a return ticket to Bogota so that he could collect the drugs, but unknown to them the Vice squad were staking out the departures lounge on a tip that some smugglers would be passing through. When Louis and Eddie paid for the ticket in cash, the check-in clerk, Denise, alerted Crockett and Tubbs, who caught up with them in an airport diner and tried to scare them out of their plan by telling them horror stories about what the policia in Colombia do to drug smugglers. However, Louis dumped the table on the Vice cops and the two kids managed to flee.

Deal with OCB and death

Despite Eddie's reservations now that the police were involved, Louis convinced him to go through with the plan, and Eddie later caught a flight to Bogota to collect the drugs from dealer the Moyas' cousin, who showed Eddie how to hide the package in a Santería statue to smuggle it through customs. However, upon returning to Miami, Eddie was caught (quite by chance) by Crockett, and the Vice cop set to work threatening him with 15 years in jail if he doesn't cooperate and help them bring down the Moyas. Despite his public defender Andy Sloan telling him otherwise, Crockett promised Eddie a free walk for both him and Louis if they assisted in their investigation. Seeing no alternative, Eddie gave up Louis and together the friends agreed to take part in a sting operation.

The deal with Diego Moya turned out to be a rip-off, and when the dealer pulled a gun he was shot dead by the watching Metro-Dade SRT team. Knowing Diego's brother Pepe Moya would seek revenge, Castillo had Crockett and Tubbs take Eddie and Louis to the airport so that they could fly straight home to New York. However, Pepe ambushed them there, shooting Eddie dead before himself being killed by Tubbs. In the aftermath, a devastated Crockett sent Louis back to New York alone.

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