Inside Cocaine Wars: Drug Mules

Every year, Colombia exports nearly 400,000 tons of cocaine- street value $1.2 billion. Traffickers send drugs by cargo ship, private plane and even submarine but the most common method is human mules. Motivated by violent threats or the promise of fast money, thousands of drug couriers risk their lives and their freedom to bring these drugs to market. Their main goal are Colombia’s airports, but it’s there that DEA agents “Liam” and “Jack” and an elite group of Colombian National Police work day and night to capture these mules and curb the flow of narcotics.

Locked in a cat and mouse game with this security force, Colombia’s traffickers invent new methods to slip past check-points. Specialists hide the product in almost anything, each new tactic more ingenious than the last. But one mistake could land them in prison for decades, or even cost their life.

Drug cartels will not hesitate to eliminate anyone who stands in their way, be they trafficker or cop. “Liam” and “Jack” know this sad reality all too well, having lost one of their closest comrades, Giovanni, to a professional assassination.

This week, “Liam” and “Jack” set up a multi-airport surge across Colombia to surprise traffickers by flooding airports with teams of specialized police. They start at El Dorado airport in Bogotá where several busy shifts yield great success. They find drugs in almost anything, shoes, books, bottles and even soaked in the thread of clothing.

Continuing with the multi-airport surge, “Liam” and “Jack” travel to Medellín but this trip yields a deeper more tragic objective: the investigation into the murder of their comrade, Giovanni. Killed by motorcycle assassins, Giovanni died doing his job. His death has a strong impact on “Liam” and “Jack” who are committed to bringing his killers to justice. But Medellín, the epicenter of drug trafficking in Colombia, poses unique threats to DEA agents. There on high alert, “Liam” and “Jack” canvas the neighborhood at the murder site for information.

By the week’s end, “Liam” and “Jack” have dozens of arrests and innumerable kilos of illegal substance seized. It has been a major coup for the DEA and Colombian National Police. But for “Liam” and “Jack,” it’s a bittersweet success. Their investigation into Giovanni’s murder has only just begun.

Tune in to Inside Cocaine Wars: Drug Mules tonight at 9P.


  1. Suzanna
    New Mexico USA
    April 9, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Jack is hot! Need more episodes with him center stage!

  2. Edward Lemos
    August 28, 2013, 9:02 am

    I do like to watch the video series of Liam & Jack on the drug war episodes.
    Its pretty interesting.

  3. laloba
    September 14, 2013, 1:19 pm

    I really enjoy this show. Just goes to show that the drug business is here to stay. The guys that run and organize this are as smart, if not smarter than the thieves at Wall Street. If these dudes were white, they would be CEOs. The war on drugs is pointless and hypocritical. It is a costly self-perpetuating industry with no visible ending…. Just goes to show that the producers and distributors know that the country with the most unhappy people (steadily growing) is the United States. The rich are getting richer, the middle class is being decimated, no jobs, lost homes….yadayada then some fools wonder why consumption is so high here. They say that they wouldn’t bring so many drugs in but there is a demand here. Go to the producing countries and you will not see all the junkies that you see here. Socially unacceptable there.

  4. Daniel Felipe Silva Coronado
    New York
    October 30, 2013, 5:06 pm

    The documentary is very interesting, but the merit is not only the agents of the DEA in Colombia.

    I think I missed, give greater recognition and autonomy to the Colombian Police, the Colombian Policemen are very intelligent and experienced.

    Please, I think the lack of further analysis and recognition, quality, experience and professionalism of the National Police of Colombia. I remind the American public that Colombia is no longer a Banana Republic, and that the Colombian police are listed as one of the best in the world, including in respect of human rights, which some U.S. Cops do not.