Rico Santos is a street racer from the Dominican Republic and the friend of Tego Leo. A supporting character in The Fast and the Furious franchise, Rico aligned himself with the likes of Dominic Toretto and Letty Ortiz in a Robin Hood-esque crew to steal oil from rich corporations in order to turn a profit. When Dominic is framed by Hernan Reyes for the death of four DEA agents, Rico aids the crew in the effort to steal $100 million to start new lives. Rico later helped in the rescue of Brian Marcos, the son of Elena Neves and Dominic, when he was kidnapped by cyberterrorist, Cipher.
For reasons unspecified, Tego was sent to prison. While in prison, Tego laments the harmful influence of major corporations attempting to hold back alternate means of energy to provide to the public.
Later that night, Tego is freed by Dominic Toretto and Rico Santos, the latter who cuts a hole in the prison fence. He and Rico reconnoiter at a local club where Dominic meets with their contact, Elvis, a politician who provides them a window of opportunity to hijack an oil tanker.
Fast & Furious
Tego and Rico participate in the oil tanker hijack, driving a modified Chevrolet R3500. After the first two tankers are stolen by Han Seoul-Oh and Cara Mirtha, Tego turns around into reverse gear and pulls up behind the tanker.
Rico then grabs a hook and lays it down, connecting it to the tanker. When Letty is able to disconnect the oil tank from the truck, Tego and Rico are able to pull away and escape with the oil tank. Later, Leo and Santos are given each get an equal share of the money earned from the stolen fuel.
Following the death of Fenix Calderon, Dominic is sentenced to prison with no possibility of parole. When Mia Toretto and Brian O'Conner plot to free him before he arrives at Lompoc Prison, they enlist the help of Tego and Rico. The two flank the prison transport in a modified Pontiac Trans-Am.
When Dominic and Brian O'Conner assemble their team for the Rio heist Dom calls upon Tego and Rico to join having previously worked with them hijacking oil tankers. Rico and Tego are part of all of the major operations in the heist - in particular they set explosives in the piping system in the police station to cause an explosion allowing them to enter the police station as repairmen and hack into the CCTV.
During the chase they drive the garbage truck that switches the two safes. They take their equal share of the money to a casino in Monaco where they play Roulette; Tego places all his chips on red whilst Rico places all of his on black, it is unknown who wins or loses.
Fast & Furious 6
Rico and Tego are briefly mentioned during the crew's first meeting when Brian asks about them, to which Han replies that they were last seen hitting up the casinos of Monte Carlo.
The Fate of the Furious
- Rico is portrayed by Don Omar, who sings the Fast Five end song Danza Kuduro.
- Don Omar also sung the song Conteo, which was featured in the credits of Tokyo Drift along with its motion picture soundtrack. He also sung the song Virtual Diva, which was featured in the motion picture soundtrack of Fast & Furious, apart from Los Bandoleros which was also heard at the end of Fast and Furious 6.