New Drug Frontiers: Stacey Dooley Investigates (3 x 60′) – Stacey Dooley investigates the new battles being fought in the global war on drugs. Travelling to remote and hostile regions, Stacey speaks directly to the producers, traffickers, addicts and locals whose lives are impacted by the industry and the law enforcement agencies battling to stop its spread.
In Peru, the new cocaine capital of the world, Stacey learns that for every country stamping out drug production there’s another queuing up to take its place. Although the war on drugs has massively reduced cocaine production in Colombia, Peru has stepped in to fill the coca growing void – with the underdeveloped nation doubling its coca cultivation in the past 10 years.
In Thailand we explore how for every illegal drug on the wane, there’s a new drug just as addictive and dangerous on the horizon. The Golden Triangle – where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet – has been notorious for the production of opium and drug smuggling. But following a successful campaign over the past 10 years to curb opium and heroin production in the region, a new enemy has filled the vacuum – yaba, a potentially lethal mix of methamphetamine and caffeine.
And finally, Stacey witnesses how for every border that closes its doors to drug trafficking, there’s another that’s ripe for exploitation. With plenty of willing mules unafraid to risk their livelihoods, weak border control and ineffective police forces, Ukraine is fast becoming central station for the world’s drug traffickers and a devastating gateway to European smuggling.
Producer: Watershed Television
Source: BBC press release