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America's War on Drugs (2017–2017)

TV-14
TV Mini-series | 480 min | History

"America's War on Drugs" is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange ...See more"America's War on Drugs" is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States. The series explores the unintended consequences of when gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangs and politicians vie for power and control of the global black market for narcotics - all told through the firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders. Night one of "America's War on Drugs" divulges covert Cold War operations that empowered a generation of drug traffickers and reveals the peculiar details of secret CIA LSD experiments which helped fuel the counter-culture movement, leading to President Nixon's crackdown and declaration of a war on drugs. The documentary series then delves into the rise of the cocaine cowboys, a secret island "cocaine base," the CIA's connection to the crack epidemic, the history of the cartels and their murderous tactics, the era of "Just Say No," the negative effect of NAFTA, and the unlikely career of an almost famous Midwest meth queen. The final chapter of the series examines how the attacks on September 11th intertwined the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, transforming Afghanistan into a narco-state teeming with corruption. It also explores how American intervention in Mexico helped give rise to El Chapo and the Super Cartels, bringing unprecedented levels of violence and sending even more drugs across America's borders. Five decades into the War on Drugs, a move to legalize marijuana gains momentum, mega-corporations have become richer and more powerful than any nation's drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs. Written by The History Channel See less
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Ty Hurley
Correctional Officer Correctional Officer   See fewer
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Christopher Glover
Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo) Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo)   See fewer
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Alberto Maneiro
Felix Rodriguez Felix Rodriguez   See fewer
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Jon Tozzi
Carlos Lehder Carlos Lehder   See fewer
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Omar Abidi
Ahmed Wali Karzai Ahmed Wali Karzai   See fewer
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Jake Abraham
Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega   See fewer
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Roger Alborough
Klaus Barbie Klaus Barbie   See fewer
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Waj Ali
Haji Juma Khan Haji Juma Khan   See fewer
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Jofre Alsina
Kiki Camarena Kiki Camarena   See fewer
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Gabriel Andreu
Caro Quintera Caro Quintera   See fewer
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Mark Arnold
Richard Dooley Richard Dooley   See fewer
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Joseph Balderrama
Danilo Blando Danilo Blando   See fewer
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Glenn Boateng
Frank Matthews Frank Matthews   See fewer
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Carlos Borrás
Fabio Ochoa Fabio Ochoa   See fewer
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Ross Carter
Chilean Chemist Chilean Chemist   See fewer
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Tatsu Carvalho
Amada Carillo Fuentas Amada Carillo Fuentas   See fewer
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Juan Cely
Pablo Escobar Pablo Escobar   See fewer
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Michael Chase
George Jung George Jung   See fewer
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Simon Connolly
Santos Trafficante Santos Trafficante   See fewer
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Daniel Coonan
Tony Po Tony Po   See fewer
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Sarah de Freitas
Griselda Blanco Griselda Blanco   See fewer
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Steve Healey
LAPD Officer LAPD Officer   See fewer
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Robert Jezek
Gordon Liddy Gordon Liddy   See fewer
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Anjan Kannan
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Matt Kennard
Chris George Chris George   See fewer
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Sam Kennard
Jeff George Jeff George   See fewer
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Raj Kumar
Celerino Castillo Celerino Castillo   See fewer
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Jay Lim
Vang Pao Vang Pao   See fewer
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Antonio Mancino
Humberto Loya Castro Humberto Loya Castro   See fewer
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Haaris Mirza
Rafael Perez Rafael Perez   See fewer
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Akemnji Ndifornyen
Daude Sherrills Daude Sherrills   See fewer
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Itoya Osagiede
Douglas Lindsay Douglas Lindsay   See fewer
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Abdul Pope
Tyrone Palmer Tyrone Palmer   See fewer
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Anthony Reddy
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Sean Richards-Mulzac
Rick Ross Rick Ross   See fewer
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'Freeway' Ricky Ross
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George Savvides
Bagcho Sherzai Bagcho Sherzai   See fewer
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John Schwab
Rob Maheu Rob Maheu   See fewer
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David Semark
Barry Seal Barry Seal   See fewer
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Sam Shoubber
Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai   See fewer
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Clayton T. Smith
Ed Follis Ed Follis   See fewer
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Gabriele Stifani
Pedro Flores / The Flores Brothers Pedro Flores / The Flores Brothers   See fewer
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Luca Stifani
Margarito Flores / The Flores Brothers Margarito Flores / The Flores Brothers   See fewer
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Julian Stolzenberg
Henry Loaiza-Ceballos Aka El Alacran Henry Loaiza-Ceballos Aka El Alacran   See fewer
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Lula Suassuna
Ramirez Lalo Peyro Ramirez Lalo Peyro   See fewer
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Tristan Tait
Timothy Leary Timothy Leary   See fewer
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Lauren Taylor
Lori Arnold Lori Arnold   See fewer
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Raymond Waring
Meth Cook Meth Cook   See fewer
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Juan Pablo Yepez
Dr. Jaime Godoy Dr. Jaime Godoy   See fewer
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Errol Francis
Drugs dealer / gang member (uncredited) Drugs dealer / gang member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Juárez Cartel Corrupt Policeman (uncredited) Juárez Cartel Corrupt Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.5 / 10 | 128 votes