12 episodes

Inside the global cocaine industry, where profits are counted up in millions and losses measured out in murders.

This worldwide investigation from The Times, Sunday Times and NewsCorp Australia, reveals how the drug business works like any multi-billion dollar corporation.

Cocaine Inc. is hosted by Fiona Hamilton, chief reporter at The Times, David Collins, northern editor at The Sunday Times, and Stephen Drill, national correspondent at News Corp Australia.



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Cocaine Inc‪.‬ Crime X

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    • 4.0 • 41 Ratings

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Inside the global cocaine industry, where profits are counted up in millions and losses measured out in murders.

This worldwide investigation from The Times, Sunday Times and NewsCorp Australia, reveals how the drug business works like any multi-billion dollar corporation.

Cocaine Inc. is hosted by Fiona Hamilton, chief reporter at The Times, David Collins, northern editor at The Sunday Times, and Stephen Drill, national correspondent at News Corp Australia.



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To listen ad-free subscribe to Crime X+



To find out more visit cocaineinc.com.au 

Get in touch: cocaineinc@thetimes.co.uk



Visit us on socials:

Crime X+: Instagram, TikTok and Facebook

The Times: Instagram, TikTok and Facebook

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    A Shooting at Christmas | 1

    A Shooting at Christmas | 1

    A brutal attack on an innocent young woman sends the reporters on a global investigation.
    David Collins visits Merseyside in northern England, where 26-year-old Elle Edwards was shot while celebrating Christmas Eve.
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    • 26 min
    The Sweet Song | 2

    The Sweet Song | 2

    Where people fight and die in the coca plantations.
    In Colombia, Stephen Drill discovers how the international cocaine business starts, and the cost paid by everyone it touches. 
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    • 29 min
    The 64 Million Percent Mark-up | 3

    The 64 Million Percent Mark-up | 3

    As cocaine is smuggled out of South America it multiplies in value, driving people to extremes. 
    Stephen Drill follows the trail to Mexico and uncovers how the numbers used by law enforcement do not add up.
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    • 32 min
    The Pineapple Trader | 4

    The Pineapple Trader | 4

    Europe’s vast ports act as logistic hubs in a worldwide operation that relies on corruption and torture.
    In the Netherlands, Fiona Hamilton reveals the industrial scale of the cocaine business - and how it always leads to violence.
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    • 34 min
    Get in touch | Q&A

    Get in touch | Q&A

    Send us your questions for our bonus Q&A episode.
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    @DavidCollinsST
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    • 45 sec
    The Woodchurch Estate | 5

    The Woodchurch Estate | 5

    On the streets of northern England where chaos reigns among those doing the selling. 
    David Collins spends time in Merseyside, speaking to those working in the retail arm of the cocaine business.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

StockfordJC ,

Well presented good prodution

Good listen, but agree with previous review, a bit slow and scripts written towards the drugs lords being deceptive and good at supplying the drug dealers at the street…
Please can you produce a podcast that tells the listeners how the Customs enforcement agents work tirelessly to try to reduce the flow and the difficulties they hit

NorthCountryWoman ,

Bonus episode a MUST listen!

The Artist: what a life matter-of-fact account of what is, in many ways, a sad life.

latcheswing ,

Paint-by-numbers filler

Badly written and surprisingly dull for a series about cocaine. Bailed during ep 3 because it’s all so slow and treats the listeners like we’re stupid. And stop with the ridiculous descriptions of every person (“he was a man’s man”). I’ve tried a couple of Times podcast series and they weren’t any better. Embarrassing that a quality newspaper can’t do better

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