Series 1 Episode 3
First Broadcast: 12AM Sun 23 January 2005

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.

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