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Gateway: Cocaine, Murder, & Dirty Money in Europe

Brazen

Innocent people are getting murdered. Lawyers live in safehouses, and a princess is in hiding. This is Europe today—it just might be the world’s next narco-state.

Over the past decade, the historic European ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp have turned into global gateways for cocaine. Think Miami in the 1980s — but with even more drugs, and much shittier weather.

In this six-part podcast series from Brazen, host Mitchell Prothero explores Europe’s cocaine crisis through the dramatic stories of cartel leaders, cops, journalists, and the victims caught in the middle. From RPG attacks on newspaper offices to the slaughter of entire families, the war on drugs has arrived on Europe’s shores. And a lot of people are making a lot of dirty money. Reporting from Antwerp and Amsterdam, Brazen goes deep inside this crazy under-reported story.

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Innocent people are getting murdered. Lawyers live in safehouses, and a princess is in hiding. This is Europe today—it just might be the world’s next narco-state.

Over the past decade, the historic European ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp have turned into global gateways for cocaine. Think Miami in the 1980s — but with even more drugs, and much shittier weather.

In this six-part podcast series from Brazen, host Mitchell Prothero explores Europe’s cocaine crisis through the dramatic stories of cartel leaders, cops, journalists, and the victims caught in the middle. From RPG attacks on newspaper offices to the slaughter of entire families, the war on drugs has arrived on Europe’s shores. And a lot of people are making a lot of dirty money. Reporting from Antwerp and Amsterdam, Brazen goes deep inside this crazy under-reported story.

Gateway is a Project Brazen production. For more fearless storytelling, search for the Brazen channel on Apple Podcasts or visit brazen.fm, home to all our podcasts, documentaries and newsletters. At Brazen, we show you how the world really works – from espionage and corruption to deal-making and organised crime, we’ll take you inside stories from hidden worlds.

Don’t stay in the dark. Subscribe to Brazen+ on Apple Podcasts or at brazen.fm/plus and get exclusive bonus episodes, as well as ad-free listening and early access to new shows. For the latest from Brazen delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletters at brazen.fm/newsletters.

Copyright © 2024 Brazen
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From Project Brazen... Gateway: Cocaine, Murder, & Dirty Money in Europe.
Thumbnail for "Ep 1. The Man For Whom the Underworld Shivers | Ridouan Taghi".
After the killing of a billionaire kingpin, one man rises to the top of a new generation of ruthless drug lords running Europe’s cocaine empire.
Thumbnail for "Ep 2. The Belly, the Boss of Bosses | Noffel Fassih".
While Ridouan Taghi grows his empire, Noffel Fassih, aka The Belly, does his dirty work as a global hitman.
Thumbnail for "Ep 3. Bomb, Bomb, Bomberoni | Martin Kok".
Taghi’s violence begins to spread beyond the underworld.
Thumbnail for "Ep 4. The Crown Witness | Nabil B".
After a killing goes horribly wrong, Nabil B, one of Ridouan Taghi’s close associates, finds himself torn between family and Taghi
Thumbnail for "Ep 5. On Bended Knee is No Way to be Free | Peter R De Vries".
Dutch TV journalist Peter R De Vries is famous for cracking the criminal cases that no one else can. But with Ridouan Taghi, Peter meets his match.
Thumbnail for "Ep 6. Into the Bunker | Europe".
Gateway host Mitchell Prothero visits “The Bunker” where Taghi is the star defendant in the largest criminal trial in Dutch history.
Thumbnail for "Ridouan Taghi Gets Life: An Update From The Marengo Trial".
Europe’s ‘killing machine’, Ridouan Taghi, has been sentenced to life. But will his cocaine empire survive?
Thumbnail for "Reporting True Crime During the Crime: Meet Mitchell Prothero".
Gateway host and lead reporter Mitchell Prothero shares the inside story of his new series GATEWAY: Cocaine, Murder, & Dirty Money in Europe

Ridouan Taghi Gets Life: An Update From The Marengo Trial

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March 8, 202435min 58sec

It’s been a couple of months since the last episode of Gateway: Cocaine, Murders & Dirty Money in Europe, but business is busy as ever in the world of global drug trafficking. This week, we wanted to share an important update with fans of the series: Ridouan Taghi has been sentenced.

If you listened to Gateway, you’ll know Taghi rose to become a ruthless ruler of the underworld. But in February 2024, the cocaine kingpin was finally toppled for good when he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Netherlands. In an interview for the Whale Hunting podcast, Gateway host Mitch Prothero spoke to Bradley Hope on the latest developments, including Taghi’s mega-trial in ‘ze Bunker’, and why shows like Narcos no longer capture the reality of modern cocaine trafficking. We wanted to share this interview here, too.

To discover Ridouan Taghi's story from the very beginning, listen to episode one of Gateway: Cocaine, Murder and Dirty Money in Europe. For more episodes like this one, make sure to follow the Whale Hunting podcast – and you can subscribe to our newsletter at whalehunting.projectbrazen.com.