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The Landscape (14.4 | 28.8)
In 1974 American George Jung and Colombian Carlos Ledher revolutionized the delivery of cocaine in the United States. They introduced planes, fleets of planes and joined forces with a Colombian cocaine dealer named Pablo Escobar. It was the first drug cartel. Miami: It's early evening, and a police boat lands on an island park. An undercover officer says he read on a Web site about to the rave party taking place. This is latest battleground on the war on drugs. While the statistics show that drug use is down from its high point in the 1970's, still 20% of 18 to 25 year olds say they use illegal drugs. While teenage use gets the media attention, it is hard core adult users that bring the most social cost. Nearly four million adult users consume 75% of the cocaine and heroin in the United States. New York City: Women and children line up for buses every weekend which will take them to see husbands and sons in prison. More than 60% of federal prisoners are drug offenders, 23% in state and local jails.


The Mexican Connection (14.4 | 28.8)
The battlegrounds are along the U.S. - Mexican border, where the drug smuggling traffic has increased since the 1980's. That's when a law enforcement effort to move Colombian traffickers out of south Florida caused smugglers to set up routes in Mexico instead.


Money Laundering (14.4 | 28.8)
A United Nations report claims that illegal drug trafficking is a $400 billion business, representing eight percent of all international trade. Much of that money is laundered - hidden from authorities and funneled through legitimate businesses. We examine the complex maze of how drug dealers have managed to stay one step ahead of law enforcement officials.


Corruption (14.4 | 28.8)
The War on Drugs has become a war on drug profits. The focus on the money has let to a web of professional informants, some working with law enforcement officials, others playing both sides of the fence. In part IV of our series we explore the world of corruption and hear stories from people who have been deeply involved in the trade.


Treatment (14.4 | 28.8)
One of the greatest failures of America's war on drugs has been the inability to curb the demand for drugs. Since the mid-1970's, there has been a 400% increase in drug cases before the courts, landing more and more offenders behind bars. Over the past few years, judges, community activists and religious leaders have been leading a movement to put drug treatment back in the war on drugs. In the final part of our series, Deborah Amos examines the history of drug treatment.

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