In this two part documentary, premiering on Thursday 19 October at 9.00pm on ITV, Gordon Ramsay explores the criminal business behind the global cocaine trade. Cocaine was once seen as glamourous and expensive, a favourite of the rich andfamous, but the drug is now the UK’s favourite illegal high.
Each year, 30 tonnes of cocaine are consumed in the UK – more than in any other European country – and deaths from the drug are currently at an all-time high. In the restaurant industry, usage of cocaine is rife and Gordon is determined to strip away at the drug’s glamorous image. He teams up with the police and military, both here and abroad, who are battling to stop the lucrative trade of this deadly drug.
In this episode, Gordon joins Dorset Police as they arrest motorists driving under the influence of cocaine, and he witnesses National Crime Agency officers intercepting drug couriers on their way to a deal laden with tens of thousands of pounds. He also gets to handle 30 kilos of freshly confiscated cocaine when it arrives at a forensics laboratory for testing. Leaving the UK behind, Gordon heads to the source of the drug.
Colombia is the world’s biggest producer of cocaine, and Gordon treks deep into the jungle to meet a coca farmer who risks everything to produce the drug. Gordon watches the illegal ‘cooking’ process, which transforms the plant into the notorious drug.
Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine airs on Thursday 19 October 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV