The origins of the drug war and its effects on American culture will be explored in the upcoming docuseries America’s War on Drugs, slated to air on A+E Networks-owned channel History.
The (8×60) docuseries from producers Talos Films is a trip through the last five decades looking at how the CIA’s obsession with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, partnered 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 U.S.
With firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders, the series explores the consequences of gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangsters and politicians who tried to control the worldwide black market for narcotics.
The four-night series premieres June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for America’s War on Drugs.