Thirty years of illegal drug money made Colombia virtually ungovernable. The country's $6 billion-a-year cocaine trade funded a brutal civil war, and corrupted the very institutions of the state.
An Honest Citizen follows Maria Cristina Chirolla, head of the Attorney General's anti-money laundering office, as she struggles to fight the extraordinary reach of drug money in Colombia.
The programme also meets paramilitary head Salvatore Mancuso, with his army of hundreds of well-armed soldiers. He openly admits that his funds come from cocaine. At the time of filming, he was high on the list of people the United States wanted to extradite.
And, although Mancuso was wanted for trafficking, the Colombian government allowed him to address the Congress: an example of cocaine challenging the state itself.
Thirty years of illegal drug money made Colombia virtually ungovernable. The country's $6 billion-a-year cocaine trade…
An intimate but brutal story of violence, poverty and drugs in the slums of Rio. Former gang boss Ze talks candidly…
- Strong language, images and descriptions some may find upsetting and drug use
The first programme in the series takes viewers into the world of the Peruvian coca farmers, who are totally dependent…
- Includes descriptions some may find upsetting
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A series of dramatic and intimate films about cocaine, and how this most iconic of drugs - and the policies that seek to control it - affect the lives of individuals, cities and entire countries