9 episodes

The companion podcast to National Geographic’s Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller. In season two, investigative journalist Mariana van Zeller goes deep with masterminds behind black markets and underground economies, including illegal plastic surgery, meth labs fueling America’s addiction crisis, and a global marijuana smuggling empire built by high school surfers. Each episode pulls back the curtain on the player at the center: how they became involved, what it felt like to live in the shadows—and how it all crumbled in the end. Join Mariana in the underground, and don’t miss the TV show Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller on National Geographic and Hulu.

Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller National Geographic

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 313 Ratings

The companion podcast to National Geographic’s Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller. In season two, investigative journalist Mariana van Zeller goes deep with masterminds behind black markets and underground economies, including illegal plastic surgery, meth labs fueling America’s addiction crisis, and a global marijuana smuggling empire built by high school surfers. Each episode pulls back the curtain on the player at the center: how they became involved, what it felt like to live in the shadows—and how it all crumbled in the end. Join Mariana in the underground, and don’t miss the TV show Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller on National Geographic and Hulu.

    Shots in the Dark: The Black Madam

    Shots in the Dark: The Black Madam

    The Black Madam was an aspiring rapper who made her money building a business she believed in—administering illegal silicone injections to give trans (and cisgender) women the bodies they dreamed of. After all, she’d once been in their shoes. But the deadly dangers of the black market caught up with her—and so did the police.

    • 38 min
    Coming soon: Trafficked Season 2

    Coming soon: Trafficked Season 2

    The companion podcast to National Geographic’s Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller. In season two, investigative journalist Mariana van Zeller goes deep with masterminds behind black markets and underground economies, including illegal plastic surgery, meth labs fueling America’s addiction crisis, and a global marijuana smuggling empire built by high school surfers. Each episode pulls back the curtain on the player at the center: how they became criminals, what it felt like to live in the shadows—and how it all crumbled in the end. Join Mariana in the underground, and don’t miss the TV show Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller on National Geographic and Hulu.

    • 2 min
    The Young Gun & The Old Ammo: David Packouz

    The Young Gun & The Old Ammo: David Packouz

    Mariana talks with David Packouz, one of the two notorious young men who inspired the movie War Dogs. He made headlines when he sold illegal ammo to the US government in what was called “The Afghan Contract.” We hear how he became a major player in the weapons trade by age 25, how a major ammunition delivery went wrong, and how his booming career got shot down.

    • 46 min
    Cocaine Captain: The Story of JC Perez

    Cocaine Captain: The Story of JC Perez

    Cocaine production is at an all-time high, but it came to fame in the Miami Vice era of the 1980’s with the help of the “Cocaine Cowboys.” In this episode, Mariana sits down with JC Perez, who piloted cocaine smuggling runs for one of the biggest bosses in the business. Over the course of his career, JC trafficked thousands of pounds of drugs, until an unexpected bust crashed his party.

    • 49 min
    The Hollywood Madam: Heidi Fleiss

    The Hollywood Madam: Heidi Fleiss

    Heidi Fleiss is perhaps best known as the “Hollywood Madam.” Despite having started her business at just 22, she developed a star-studded list of clients, all meticulously organized in her red Gucci planner. Among them was Charlie Sheen, who famously testified at Heidi’s trial that he’d spent $53,000 a year on her services. On a bad night, Heidi says she raked in $10,000. What made Heidi Fleiss so successful, how did her ring unravel, and where did she fly off to?
    For more information about Heidi Fleiss’ Nevada bird sanctuary, please visit her YouTube Channel.

    • 38 min
    The Art of the Steal: The Story of Michel van Rijn

    The Art of the Steal: The Story of Michel van Rijn

    Mariana dives into an underground world of subterfuge, heists, counterfeiting, smuggling, and organized looting with Michel van Rijn, one of the world’s most prolific artifact smugglers. In a career full of legendary antics, he once sold a truckload of ancient Russian icons and used the proceeds to buy a private jet. But along the way, Michel made dangerous enemies in the billion-dollar illicit art market. With his back against the wall, he flipped sides, using his expertise to set up sting operations with the same international authorities who hunted him for decades. The BBC now calls him "The Indiana Jones of Chelsea"... although his former handler said he wasn’t above keeping the best mosaic for himself.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
313 Ratings

313 Ratings

ans104 ,

Love this podcast!

Please release more episodes! Love your style of journalism.

D.Wags ,

So good!!

Loving this podcast! Need more! Will there be anymore?
Only thing I don’t really care for is the background music/sound affects.

FredBrewer ,

Political

Very misleading and one-sided. Why is it USA’s fault that Mexico gets their firearms from the US when they leave their boarder WIDE open and absolutely no checkpoints going from the US into Mexico? - But yet their gun crime is our fault?! Wow. - But at least she has some good undercover footage.

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