Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Drugs Inc, a reality television programme featured on the United States television network, National Geographic, and one that explores the multibillion-dollar industry that fuels crime and violence across the planet, aired an episode, 'Jamaican Gangs, Guns and Drugs', on Sunday.
The network will have repeats, according to its website, beginning on August 25 and 29.
Among local film producers behind this particular episode's production, Sarah Manley explained that the authorities behind the film were looking at places outside of the United States to feature and, as a result, Jamaica was chosen.
"I have worked in reality TV. I make all kinds of films. I helped them with people, locations and all other aspects of this production," Manley said.
Manley acknowledged that she had work alongside the police force and has described them as proactive, responsive and responsible.
Drugs Inc, which began in 2010, takes a look at the narcotics trade and how cartel leaders become billionaires.
The industry also provides vital income to hundreds of thousands of poor workers across the globe.
While some users sacrifice their lives to an addiction they cannot escape, others find the drugs to be their only saving grace from physical or emotional pain almost impossible to overcome, according to the network's description of the programme.
IN THE HANDS OF GANGS
According to the description of the episode, Kingston, Jamaica, is in the hands of highly organised and warring drug gangs which manage drug trafficking and distribution at all levels.
With the patronage of politicians, these gangs fight hard to protect their territories in a city where poverty and guns fuel the drug trade.
Drugs Inc. aims to reveal how drugs, violence, and corruption underpin large swaths of the culture and economy of Jamaica.