Investigative podcast series into the global cocaine trade launches

The Times and The Sunday Times has united with News Corp Australia for an international investigation into the global cocaine trade.

Cocaine Inc is a new eight-part podcast, video and editorial series.

Over the past year, Fiona Hamilton, chief reporter of The Times, David Collins, northern editor of The Sunday Times and Stephen Drill, News Corp Australia reporter, have worked to uncover the truth behind the global cocaine industry where profits are counted in millions and losses measured in murders.  

Tim Levell, head of Times podcasts said: “This investigation and podcast series demonstrates the power of collaborative journalism. By combining our expertise and resources, we’ve shed light on the dark and often violent world of the global cocaine trade.

“With exclusive interviews and powerful audio, this unmissable series sets a new standard for investigating and addressing complex global issues.”

Lillian Saleh, national editor of News Corp Australia network news added: “This unprecedented collaboration brings together the journalistic power of the global News Corp family and builds on our very successful Narcos On the Front Line series last year.

“It showcases our multiplatform storytelling allowing our consumers to read, watch and listen to the amazing content with bespoke video and online interactives. We have no doubt this will be the first of many international collaborations showcasing the breadth and depth of our journalism and storytelling”.

The investigation covers ten cities in six countries including England, Colombia, Mexico, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Australia, across four continents. The three reporters travelled fifty thousand kilometres to uncover an estimated £93 billion industry.

Exclusive interviews with law enforcement, drug dealers, former gangsters, and a cash mule are featured across the series. It also tells the personal stories of those who have lost loved ones to the industry.

Cocaine Inc. will be available wherever you get your podcasts from this Sunday 9 June.

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