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Carl, I will ALWAYS be watching...or listening...or both.
Mike Toreno to Carl Johnson

Interdiction is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by government agent Mike Toreno from his ranch in Tierra Robada, San Andreas.


Toreno states that he needs a favor, but first, Carl asks about his brother. Toreno explains that he is in a prison upstate, and is all right. Toreno then reveals that Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Pulaski killed Ralph Pendelbury after he threatened to expose their corruption. He then goes on to explain the favor of precious cargo that needs collecting. Carl heads to Las Brujas, near El Castillo del Diablo. Once there, Toreno contacts him through a speaker, and instructs him on what to do. Carl then acquires a rocket launcher and chooses a vehicle (a Bandito, a Quad, or a Sanchez), which he uses to ascend Arco del Oeste. Once atop Arco del Oeste, Carl lights a flare to signal the contraband helicopter. The helicopter heads for Arco del Oeste, but is ambushed by enemy choppers. Carl uses the rocket launcher to shoot down the enemy helicopters, protecting the contraband chopper and the package. Afterwards, the contraband helicopter drops the package north of Verdant Meadows, near the Abandoned Dock. Carl picks it up, and heads for a garage in Las Brujas.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to El Castillo del Diablo in the desert
  • Pick up the rockets
  • Take a suitable vehicle and go to the top of the mountain
  • Protect the contraband helicopter from the spooks
  • Get the contraband
  • Deliver the contraband to the hideout


The reward for this mission is $1,000 along with the mission Verdant Meadows becoming unlocked.


Carl Johnson arrives at Mike Toreno's Ranch in Tierra Robada, where Mike Toreno is talking to someone over a CB radio.
Toreno: Roger that, Big Monkey, I got a 13-6 fat vulture, need to acquire a drowning baby. Over. (gestures CJ to keep distance for a bit) In 15 by the fat moon. Break your heart, over and out. (to CJ) Carl, I need you to do me a favor...
CJ: Yeah, I'll do you a proper injury, man! What you knowin' about my brother?
Toreno: (chuckling) Relax. He's in prison upstate, D wing, cell 13. To the left I got a child killer, who wants to rip his throat out. To the right of him I got a white supremacist, who wants to eat his heart, to be precise. Now don't worry, Tenpenny and Pulaski are really relatively benign, unless, of course, you're a family member of Officer Pendelbury, whom they shot when he threatened to expose them. But, you do know all about that, right?
CJ: Damn. Hey, man, how you know all this stuff, man, and why don't you stop it?
Toreno: You just don't understand, do you, kid? Look, it's all white knights and heroes. We have to make decisions, kid. You know, I try to set bad people on other bad people, and sometimes, I let good guys die. He's your brother, but to me, he's just collateral. It's a very delicate decision. Over here, you got all the scumbags inside the country, and over here, you got all the scumbags outside the country. And me and my colleagues, we're the fucking pivot, keep the government in work. Which reminds me... come here, okay. I need you to hear over here in the buggy outside. Okay? Okay, let off a flare. We got some precious cargo needs collecting.
CJ: Hey, hold up, what about my brother, and all that shit you was talking about?
Toreno: Hey hey hey hey, don't worry. Sweet's just fine. He gets touched, a prison guard goes home and finds that his wife and kids have been murdered. Everything's under control. We'll talk later. Now, come on, get outta here.
CJ gets into the buggy and heads to El Castillo del Diablo.
(Voice only):
Jesus, what took you?
CJ: Toreno! Where you at?!
(Voice only):
Miles away. No time for niceties, kid. Choose a vehicle, grab the equipment I've provided, get to that drop zone, and wait for that package.
CJ grabs a Rocket Launcher, chooses a vehicle and drives to the top of Arco del Oeste, where he sets off a flare.
(Voice only):
That's our cargo arriving now!
CJ: Jesus! Will you stop doing that?
A Leviathan approaches the flare's location, but gets intercepted by a few agency helicopters.
(Voice only):
Hold up. Shit, pilot says he's got trouble, two agency choppers coming in on an intercept. Can you see them?
CJ: Yeah.
(Voice only):
Shoot 'em down. Protect the cargo at all costs!
CJ destroys a few of the agency helicopters. Soon after CJ deals with them, the Leviathan flies towards the Verdant Meadows Airfield and drops the package. CJ follows the falling contraband package until it lands near the Abandoned Dock and collects it.
(Voice only):
OK, get the package back to Las Brujas.
CJ: Where are you? You givin' me the heebie jeebies, man!
(Voice only):
Carl, I will always be watching, or listening, or both.
CJ delivers the package to a garage in Las Brujas.

Video Walkthroughs



  • There is an occasional glitch during the cutscene after CJ destroys the helicopters; after showing the Leviathan flying away, and cutting to the abandoned airfield, the game crashes for unknown reasons. One way to avoid this is to skip the cutscene before it cuts to that part (confirmed on PC).
    • Similarly, If the player is killed by the ensuing explosion of one of the last remaining agency helicopters hitting the ground at the exact moment the initial cutscene plays, the player will be glitched frozen in-place upon arriving at the hospital. (Also confirmed on PC). The only way to fix this is by loading a previous game-save or restarting the game.


  • If the player's vehicle is destroyed, it will be replaced by the Bandito.[1]
  • The attacking helicopters in this mission move extremely fast, faster than any other helicopter in the game.
  • While descending Arco del Oeste after destroying the helicopters, a priest and a Las Venturas prostitute can be seen driving up the road in a Journey.
  • The Mavericks used by the CIA have been painted with a unique black color, though these are unobtainable.
  • The transmitters that Toreno uses throughout the mission are similar to those that surround Area 51 in Nevada.

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