In Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, Gordon travels to South and Central America where he witnesses the illegal “cooking” process by which the drug is made, meets hired assassins and a big time drug-smuggler, is witness to the immediate aftermath of a cocaine-related murder and experiences the harsh reality of the ‘war on drugs’ by joining an elite Colombian anti-narcotics unit on a helicopter raid. Back in the UK, Gordon joins police to catch a dealer and coke-taking drug-drivers, witnesses the arrest of couriers on their way to a major deal carrying tens of thousands of pounds and handles 30 kilos of freshly confiscated cocaine at a police testing lab. He also reflects on the challenge of tackling the damage done by cocaine as he meets a UK dealer and a recovering addict.
Season 01, Episode 01
In this episode, Gordon joins Dorset police as they arrest motorists driving under the influence of cocaine. He witnesses National Crime Agency officers intercepting drug couriers laden with tens of thousands of pounds on their way to a major deal, and handles 30 kilos of freshly confiscated cocaine as it arrives at a forensics laboratory for testing. Heading to the source, Gordon treks deep into the jungle of Colombia – the world’s biggest producer of cocaine – to meet a coca farmer who risks everything to produce the drug, and witnesses the illegal cooking process by which the plant is transformed.