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Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine

  • Episode: 

    2 of 2

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 26 Oct 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 43 2017 : Sat 21 Oct - Fri 27 Oct
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Episode 2
 
This brand new two-part documentary series shows Gordon Ramsay as viewers have never seen him before, stripping away the veneer of cocaine’s glamorous image to expose how behind the powder many Brits consume as part of a night out, lies a trail of criminality, cruelty and death driving its global trade.
 
In episode 2, Gordon continues his journey through Colombia to the epicentre of the production line supplying Britain.  At the forefront of the drug war are the SAS-trained elite squad known as the ‘Anti-Narcoticos’. They have identified a huge plantation of coca leaf they believe is run by the cartels and take Gordon on a 90-minute helicopter flight through the jungle, to kill the crops with a chemical spray.
 
The operation is high risk and the team know they may encounter ground level explosives, snipers and armed workers ready to attack.  On arrival, Gordon is staggered by the size of the plantation.  Sniffer dogs explore the area before giving the all clear for the team to start spraying.  But it’s not long before an angry band of workers appear through the bushes to defend the business and the team tell Gordon they can no longer guarantee his safety.  He leaves quickly in a helicopter.
 
Back in the UK, Gordon meets a high-level cocaine dealer who explains that he deals directly with the Colombians and brings most of his cocaine into the country, via the sea.  He is carrying two packets of cocaine worth £70,000 each.  The dealer confirms demand is high and claims everyone is using the drug, including doctors, police officers and lawyers.
 
His next encounter is with Rachel, a mother-of-two whose life was almost ruined by cocaine.  Rachel explains that she used to have a house, mortgage and a well paid job in finance However, she spent £800 a week on cocaine for 12 years and now claims the only thing she owns is a television.
 
Explaining how easy it is to obtain cocaine in Britain, Rachel says: “It was like ordering a takeaway. I never had a time in 12 years where I couldn’t get it. It was always available.”
 
Next, Gordon travels to Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries in the world outside of a war zone and nicknamed the world’s warehouse for cocaine.  It’s estimated up to 300 tonnes of the drug are sent here from Colombia to then travel out of the country every year, with a street value of tens of billions of pounds.  
 
Gordon meets Orlin Castro, the country’s most famous crime reporter who has covered 430 murders in the last two months alone.  Accompanying Orlin to a local police station, Gordon discovers the police regularly parade suspects in front of the media in a naming and shaming exercise.  Orlin then takes him into an especially violent local neighbourhood to meet some ‘sicarios’, freelance hitmen who eliminate anyone standing in the way of the cocaine trade.  
 
A local hitman estimates he has murdered up to 120 people and says: “Many times we have wanted to quit.  But we can’t because what is the point of one small group stopping?  The gangs, the traffickers, the corrupt government ministers won’t stop.  Because corruption starts at the very top.”
 
Finally Gordon meets “Carlos”, a senior smuggler for the Columbian cartels who made his first deal at just 17.  “Carlos” explains how he uses private planes, secret runways and models to transport the drug across the world.  
 
When asked if he is confident that he can stay alive, “Carlos” says: “From the moment I started this I knew I was going to die.  We understand this but we all have families.  There’s lots of unemployment here, the people in this business are not educated.”
 
Back home, Gordon is determined to drive cocaine out of his restaurants permanently.  He calls a meeting with his senior staff and reveals that any staff member with a problem will be offered professional confidential counselling and, in the most extreme cases, rehab.  Managers will also be trained to identify signs of cocaine use.  Finally, the practice of customers taking side plates into the toilets, which staff suspect is for cocaine use, will be clamped down on firmly.
 
Gordon says: “Thousands think that coke is a bit of harmless fun. No-one quite understands the damage it causes before you take it. But if one person could stop taking cocaine, knowing now what goes into it, job done!”