Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller
Mariana van Zeller follows a meth superhighway from a massive cartel-run lab in Sinaloa across the border and into the lives of American users. Her guide is a wily, meth-smoking dealer whose smuggling empire stretches from coast to coast. Some get rich, some get high, while others wind up dead. It’s a hellish tour of an overlooked drug crisis that’s burning a hole through America.
Black Market Surgery+
Mariana van Zeller investigates underground plastic surgery, from motel-room operations to a deadly revelation about Miami’s discount surgery centers.
Mariana follows a smuggling route of cars stolen from the U.S. to shipping containers bound for West Africa, where the demand is skyrocketing.
Black Market Marijuana+
In 2016, California began a massive social experiment: legalized marijuana. But after four years, the black market is three times larger than the legal one. Mariana van Zeller sets off to find out what happened, who’s profiting, and which groups are racing to meet skyrocketing demands. Following an underground supply chain from growers to distributors, she journeys through the wild west of weed.
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs+
Mariana van Zeller goes inside the secretive world of outlaw motorcycle gangs, also known as 1% clubs, when her interest is piqued by a string of biker-related violence. Undeterred by a strict code of silence, she interviews members of three major clubs, as well as ATF agents and cartel contacts, to learn about the bonds of blood and brotherhood that fuel these groups.
In the world of cocaine trafficking, the favelas of Rio and the mountains of Colombia are hallowed ground. But, what appears as an investigation into smuggling networks is actually a journey with a more specific focus. It’s not only the drugs that have caught Mariana’s attention. It’s a new breed of narco that is starting to gain power in the shadows: las jefas, lady bosses.
In 2020 alone, romance scammers exploited Americans out of more than $600M. Mariana’s investigation takes her to Ghana, where she meets a gang of scammers who are relentless in searching for high-income targets on dating apps and social media. The gang shows her their secrets to seduction, how much money they’re making, and the lifestyle that has blossomed alongside the scam’s growing popularity.
Mariana travels to the Amazon to track down the criminal networks behind a slew of killings and the illegal destruction of the rainforest.
As much as 30% of our seafood has been caught illegally. Mariana searches for the fish pirates who make billions each year while destroying our oceans.
Mariana travels from the violent streets of Montego Bay to the posh neighborhoods of Tel Aviv in pursuit of some of the world's biggest scammers.
Mariana dives into the world of international scamming to meet the outlaws and understand the scams at the heart of this booming industry. Her investigation takes her from the violent streets of Montego Bay to the glitzy neighborhoods of Tel Aviv as she pursues some of the biggest scammers in the world.
Mariana van Zeller uncovers one of the world's most notorious smuggling routes from it's origin in the remote Peruvian jungle, to Colombia's Caribbean coast, all the way to the streets of Miami. Along the way, she learns how both the smugglers and the enforcers risk their lives while operating along the 4 decade old pipeline that's producing more cocaine not seen since the 1980s, despite the crackdown of the US War on drugs.
Mariana uncovers a lethal supply chain of American firearms being smuggled into the hands of drug cartels and fueling record levels of gun violence throughout Mexico. The story takes an even more terrifying turn when the son of the world's most notorious drug lord, El Chapo Guzman, is arrested and the cartel Mariana has infiltrated violently revolts.
Mariana attempts to understand the vanity, insecurity and greed that's driving the unregulated, billion-dollar black market in body-enhancing drugs.
Mariana goes in search of the new bosses, new routes, new risks and the American communities paying the price for fentanyl's next wave.
Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller explores the inner-workings of the global underworld's most dangerous black markets. In each episode, she journeys inside a different black market - from drugs to guns to tiger parts - to meet the players, learn the business, and unearth the geo-political circumstances and context that create the world's multi-trillion dollar shadow economy.
Mariana embeds with pimps, victims, undercover cops and private investigators to understand the ugly business of illicit sex in America.
Mariana Van Zeller Investigates+
Go behind the scenes with Mariana Van Zeller, as she reveals all the gritty details of reporting on the criminal underworld. A dangerous job that requires courage, determination, and heart.