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'Stacey Dooley: Costa Del Narcos' Lands This Month

'Stacey Dooley: Costa Del Narcos' Lands This Month

A new documentary, following Stacey Dooley as she investigates the Spanish drug trade, is set to be a gripping watch.

Stacey Dooley: Costa Del Narcos will see the journalist attempt to explore how southern Spain became the main gateway for drugs into Europe, with the region becoming one of the most popular routes for smuggling cocaine and hashish into the continent.

Airing on BBC Two on Sunday 26th April, the one-hour special will see Stacey gain unique access to the police, dealers and smugglers who are at war.

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She will explore the incredible lengths smugglers go to get their product into the country, including travelling in speedboats at up to 100mph in extreme weather conditions and crossing seas in the middle of the night.

Stacey goes on patrol with the air force team of the Guardia Civil (Credit: BBC)
Stacey goes on patrol with the air force team of the Guardia Civil (Credit: BBC)

She'll even go on a patrol with the Spanish police's air force team to scan the strip of water between Morocco and Spain - a hot entry point for smuggling.

The documentary will even see the filmmaker witness a nighttime raid to watch the Guardia Civil (Spanish police) attempt to arrest a cartel they've been watching for two years.

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Another segment sees Stacey meet local residents in the town of La Linea, where one tells her many people have turned to smuggling after the financial crisis and economic downturn in 2012.

"Demand has never been higher for class A drugs, and now powerful drug cartels are not just confined to Colombia, they are operating at large, much closer to home," reads the official summary.

Stacey speaks to the boss of one of the biggest hashish mafias (Credit: BBC)
Stacey speaks to the boss of one of the biggest hashish mafias (Credit: BBC)

"Violent turf wars between drug gangs have caused the Spanish government to issue a crackdown. For the last two years, the police have been fighting to take back control."

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Unbelievably, Stacey also travels to Colombia where she gains access to to one of the biggest smugglers in the region.

There, Stacey tries to understand how the export business operated and how cocaine ultimately ends up flooding into London, where half a million doses are consumed every day.

"Faced with highly organised criminal gangs and the insatiable demand for drugs in Europe, Stacey asks: is this a war the police can ever win?," says BBC Two.

You can catch Stacey Dooley: Costa Del Narcos on Sunday 26th April at 9p on BBC Two. We won't be missing this one.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Stacey Dooley, TV News, TV Entertainment

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Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.