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Dream adventures turn into hellish nightmares for the travelers featured in this series, which recounts through first-hand interviews and re-enactments their experiences of being arrested in a foreign country for drug smuggling, and how they coped with the resulting lengthy prison terms.

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Howard Marks becomes one of the world's biggest cannabis smugglers until a DEA Agent tracks him down and sends him to one of America's toughest prisons.
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Hot-shot street racer Rick breaks into cars to support his young family but soon he's involved in a criminal gang and the police are on his tail.
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When American contractor Roy Hallums is kidnapped in Iraq, his fate looks sealed; his nearly yearlong ordeal sees him beaten and practically buried alive.
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A young American backpacker, Mark Wedeven, and his companions are taken hostage by armed guerrilla soldiers while traveling through the jungle in Colombia.
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Music producer Roy forces Kahlilah Saleem to smuggle drugs so she can see her daughter again.
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Incredible stories of American heroes: Vietnam POWs McCain & Brace; the real "Argo."
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When the FBI pulls off a sting operation to capture Frank Cullotta in 1979, the Chicago mobster agrees to testify against the mob and enter the witness protection program.
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An American hippie, Eddie Padilla, turns cocaine smuggler to save his relationship and ends up in a Peruvian hell.
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Less than a year after adopting her son Marko, Susan Haglof is accused of supplying suspicious documents and ends up in an Egyptian jail accused of human trafficking.
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British gay nurse Stephen Comiskey is arrested in Saudi Arabia where homosexuality is punishable by execution.
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Ruthie Lambert, a terminally ill woman convicted of drug smuggling, flees Peru in an attempt to see her family before she dies.
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Americans plot daring escapes from prisons in Soviet Russia and Mexico in the 1970s.
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A storm ruins plans to take more than a ton of marijuana back to the U.S., surfers Mike Cooke and Mace Stanley and smuggler Frank Sayre are sent to a Mexican prison; then they tunnel their way out of it.
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Shaun Attwood, an Englishman living in Arizona, upsets the local mafia as he builds an Ecstasy dealing empire and lives the high life with parties, expensive cars and a luxurious house.
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One of America's biggest reptile smugglers, Tom Crutchfield, flees to Belize in a vain attempt to evade prosecution after his operation is smashed by undercover agents.
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U.S. Naval Officer Lemar Burton is arrested with 5 kilos of cocaine through the Bogota airport; now he must survive one of Colombia's most brutal prisons.
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Two couples are tried and tested by smuggling and imprisonment in dangerous jails.
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A struggling single mom discovers she is pregnant again, then gets arrested for drug smuggling; a street racer dad starts a scam that gets him busted.
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Steve Peterson's marijuana operation was going to plan until Mexican cops drove past.
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Antonio Mendez, the CIA officer portrayed by Ben Affleck in "Argo," along with former hostages give firsthand accounts of the operation to rescue six American diplomats from Iran by having them pose as a movie crew.
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The incredible story of how two Vietnam prisoners of war, Sen. John McCain and Ernest Brace, found a way to survive imprisonment.
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When British Police get wind of Pieter Tritton's drug empire he is forced to go on the run, but he can't resist collecting one final shipment of cocaine from Ecuador.
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Matthew Schrier is kidnapped in Syria by Al Qaeda, but when the opportunity to escape arises, will he save himself or stay with his fellow American prisoner?
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Journalist Phil Cox is investigating allegations of illegally deployed chemical weapons when he's taken hostage.

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