History Alive

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Unknown Jul 21, 2006 on The History Channel
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Is the war on drugs in Colombia winnable? One of South America's most beautiful countries, it's also one of the most dangerous. Since the 1970s, Colombian drug cartels have shipped thousands of tons of cocaine to the US. We investigate two of the most successful--the Medellin and Cali Cartels--and the smaller organizations that arose in their demise, whose cocaine and heroin crops and trafficking airstrips are protected by leftist guerrilla groups for a share of the profit.moreless
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      • Narrator: In a land of lush jungles and fertile soil, an ancient crop became a booming business and a deadly new underworld was born. They grew rich selling escape to the world, and powerful sowing terror at home. Through violence and corruption, one man hijacked his homeland and became the face of global organized crime.

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      • Originally part of Organized Crime: A World History.

      • Commentators:

        Pablo Victoria
        Former Columbian Senator

        General Rosso Jose Serrano
        Commander, Columbian National Police (Ret)

        Joe Toft
        DEA Agent (Ret)

        Bruce Bagley
        Political Scientist, University of Miami

        Enrique Parejo
        Former Columbian Justice Minister

        Jeff Leen
        Co-Author, Kings of Cocaine

        Guy Gugliotta
        Co-Author, Kings of Cocaine

        Enrique Santos
        Editor in Chief, El Tiempo

        Javier Pena
        DEA Agent

        General Harold Bedoya
        Commander, Columbian Armed Forces (Ret)

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