After letting Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) escape from the authorities, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) relocates from Los Angeles to Miami and makes a living by participating in illegal street races. Tej Parker (Ludacris) organizes a local street race, involving Suki, Orange Julius, and Slap Jack, however, the race lacks a fourth driver. Tej calls Brian, who agrees to be the fourth needed for the race. Brian wins, giving a few thousand of his winnings to Tej to show his gratitude. The police then arrive, forcing all the racers to flee. Watched by undercover United States Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), Brian is caught by the agents. He is taken into custody, but given a deal by his former boss, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Bilkins, and Customs agent Markham, to go undercover and bring down Argentinian drug lord, Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in exchange for the erasure of his criminal record. Brian agrees, but only if he is given permission to choose his own partner. This prompts him to travel to Barstow, California, where he enlists the help of Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), his childhood friend who served jail time for housing stolen cars in a garage. Roman, currently on parole, blames Brian for his arrest, but reluctantly agrees to help, but only for the same deal Brian was offered. Roman and Brian are later hired by Verone, who tasks the duo to obtain a package from a confiscated car located in a lot. Markham, who mistakenly thinks that the duo are trying to run away, follows them to the lot. However, Roman relents, and shoots at Markham to help maintain his cover. He later confronts him for interference with the mission. Brian is able to gain knowledge of the plan, however, and tells Bilkins that Verone is reportedly aiming to launder his money in Miami, before escaping on his private jet.