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FORMER SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER JASON FOX DELVES INTO THE DARK UNDERWORLD OF DRUG BARONS AND ASSASSINS
In the Special Forces, Fox trained as a demolitions expert, a combat swimmer and confronted the most deadly of enemies, But Jason Fox still admits to being afraid at times during filming for The Real Narcos.
The Channel 4 documentary series sees him travel the world as an investigative journalist, meeting the very people he once targeted on counter narcotic missions in the SAS. Taking in Peru, Columbia and Mexico, he meets cocaine chefs, cartel members, drug mules and assassins, this time meeting them in person.
‘Meeting the Narcos, unarmed, on their own turf was an incredible and sometimes terrifying experience,’ he admits. ‘It opened my eyes even further to the power they hold. Understanding the motivations and inner workings of the people inside the cartels was something I was fascinated with when fighting against them in the forces.'
During the three-part series, he seeks to understand his former enemy, travelling to cartel-controlled areas, deep in the criminal underworld of the drugs network. The road trip spanned mountains, jungle and Mexico’s notorious Golden Triangle.
After leaving the forces in 2012, Fox worked in the TV and film industry, supporting production crews in hostile environments. He moved in front of the camera in Channel 4’s prime-time series SAS: Who Dares Win.
The Real Narcos moves his TV career up a notch or two, with him named as producer as well as fronting the show. Not only does he gain unique access to individuals at all levels of the drugs network, but they also respond to him. The resulting series promises to be an authentic insight into a lawless place where police fear to tread – leaving the drugs lords to reign supreme.
Meet The Drug Lords: Inside The Real Narcos: Channel 4 Thursdays from August