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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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aired 9 days ago
The true story behind the Oscar-winning film, "Argo," which is about CIA operative Tony Mendez's daring plan to rescue six diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis.
aired 49 days ago
Rookie photographer Matthew Schrier, on his way out of Aleppo was kidnapped by the Syrian Al Qaeda.
aired 56 days ago
Caught trying to smuggle heroin, Jerry Amster finds himself facing a lengthy spell in one of Russia's toughest labor camps.
aired 59 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 59 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 59 days ago
Journalist Phil Cox is taken hostage in Sudan.
aired 59 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 59 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 70 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 70 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 70 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 70 days ago
After a police raid, drug dealer Pieter Tritton is forced to go on the run.
aired 73 days ago
A man, Jeremy Khinoo, regrets his decision to obtain illegal prescription drugs in Mexico using counterfeit money he made on his computer.
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Matthew VanDyke was captured by Qaddafi's men.
aired 77 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 80 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 80 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 94 days ago
U.S. Naval Officer Lemar Burton tries to survive in one of Colombia's most brutal prisons.
aired 94 days ago
Camilla and Jon set up a children's center in Chechnya before suffering through kidnapping, torture and rape.
aired 94 days ago
Steve Peterson attempts to smuggle marijuana from Mexico into the US, but encounters Tijuana cops.

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