Sue Perkins carried a backpack made of pure Marijuana on the first episode of her fascinating docu-series Sue Perkins: Along The US-Mexico Border.
The four-part show sees the TV personality travel over 2,000 km, crossing from one country to the other as she learns about life on one of the world’s most famous (or should that be infamous) borders.
‘Much of what we hear about the “wall” comes from America’s perspective,’ Sue explains via voice over. ‘It’s needed to “keep out the bad guys”. So I’ve come to Pinal County [in Arizona] to meet Mark Lamb, the County Sheriff.’
Although the Pinal County doesn’t border Mexico, it’s ‘near enough to make all the difference’, she adds, as the Sheriff explains: ‘We’re about 70 miles off the border and one of the major issues we have is human and drug trafficking.’
The Sheriff then shows Sue a storage facility of ‘evidence’.
‘By evidence you mean weed?’ asks Sue.
The star meanwhile explains that demand for illegal drugs in the United States is ‘met by Mexican cartels’ and ‘smuggled through the desert on foot.’
Confronted by bundles of Marijuana, the former Great British Back Off host jokes: ‘It’s like walking back in time through my teenage years. And 20s, and 30s, and 40s and… I’m not going any further.’
The Sheriff then explains: ‘People that want to come here and make a better life for themselves, the cartel is charging them money to come across.’
He added: ‘And then, they might give them a discount if they carry a bundle of Marijuana,’ before explaining that hard drugs such as heroin are sometimes hidden inside the 50lb bundles.
Sue then struggles to pick one of the bundles up, as the Sheriff says: ‘Imagine packing 60 or 70 miles with that.’
‘It’s already just really painful,’ admits Sue.
Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border continues September 14 at 9pm on BBC One.
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