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Dream adventures turn into hellish nightmares for the travelers featured in this series, which recounts through firsthand interviews and re-enactments terror-filled experiences of being arrested in a foreign country, usually for drug smuggling, and how they coped with the resulting lengthy prison terms. Viewers also hear from people directly involved with the arrests, whether it's the undercover agents gathering the evidence against the suspects, or the people making the drug dealing offers.

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Rookie photographer Matthew Schrier, on his way out of Aleppo was kidnapped by the Syrian Al Qaeda.
aired 7 days ago
Caught trying to smuggle heroin, Jerry Amster finds himself facing a lengthy spell in one of Russia's toughest labor camps.
aired 11 days ago
After months of torturous tunnelling, two surfers caught up in cannabis smuggling, escaped their Mexican jail.
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In 2012 Simone Blignaut worked for one of Johannesburg's biggest drug dealers.
aired 11 days ago
A gripping look at how schoolteacher Howard Marks became one of the world's biggest cannabis traffickers and how, eventually, his vast empire began to unravel.
aired 11 days ago
Journalist Phil Cox is taken hostage in Sudan.
aired 11 days ago
For money to party and to support his daughter, a jobless man, Duane Wollum, smuggles cocaine from Nicaragua into the U.S.
aired 11 days ago
After his father is jailed in China for smuggling cannabis, Scott Campbell risks all, continuing with his dad's unfinished mission in order to pay for his lawyer.
aired 11 days ago
Discover the true story behind the Oscar-winning film `Argo', and Mendez's daring plan to rescue six diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis.
aired 11 days ago
Chicago Outfit enforcer Frank Cullotta speaks out about the notorious deeds of boss Tony Spilotro, his life in the mob and the burglary that led to his capture.
aired 21 days ago
In July 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout end up spending over a year in captivity while reporting on the war in Somalia.
aired 21 days ago
The story of an Iraqi soldier who was forced to become a body double for Uday Hussein, Saddam's highly volatile eldest son.
aired 21 days ago
The remarkable story of Vietnam POWs Ernie Brace and John McCain and the friendship they formed though the cell walls of Hanoi Hilton prison.
aired 21 days ago
After a police raid, drug dealer Pieter Tritton is forced to go on the run.
aired 24 days ago
A man, Jeremy Khinoo, regrets his decision to obtain illegal prescription drugs in Mexico using counterfeit money he made on his computer.
aired 25 days ago
Down on his luck magician Mark Greening resorts to bringing illegal drugs into Japan. However, what looks like easy money turns into five years of forced labor.
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Matthew VanDyke was captured by Qaddafi's men.
aired 28 days ago
Desperate to keep his family afloat, Paul agrees to smuggle six kilos of cocaine from Venezuela back to Dublin. It turns out to be the worst decision of his life.
aired 31 days ago
Desperate for cash, an American agrees to transport cocaine from Ecuador to Europe for $7,000 and gets busted, ending up in one of Ecuador's most notorious prisons.
aired 32 days ago
While traveling in India, Rhys Partridge gets kidnapped by a terrorist who had been involved in the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl.
aired 46 days ago
U.S. Naval Officer Lemar Burton tries to survive in one of Colombia's most brutal prisons.

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