Season 01, Episode 04 – “Heroin, Terrorists & Kings of Pain”
The intertwining of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror transforms Afghanistan into a narco-state; American intervention helps give rise to El Chapo and the super cartels; the pharmaceutical industry becomes a supplier of addictive substances.
Season 01 , Episode 03 — “Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens”
American cities explode with drug violence as the Clinton administration ramps up prison sentences; and an unlikely meth queen rises, while a crime lord exacts revenge.
Season 01 , Episode 02 — “Cocaine, Cartels & Crack Downs”
Cocaine makes its way to America from secret airports, enriching violent cartel bosses, and an infamous “black widow,” and the CIA’s shadow wars have unintended consequences. President Reagan cracks down as crack invades the U.S.
“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.
Season 01, Episode 01 – “Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments”
The roots of America’s War on Drugs reveals secret assassination attempts, the CIA’s bizarre experiments with LSD and support of heroin traffickers, LSD parachuting from the sky, and how it led to a five decade war.