It's an experience many revellers will never forget - for all the wrong reasons. Behind the party atmosphere of New Orleans' Mardi Gras the police are waging war against drugs, guns and even murder.
Once a prosperous city, Baltimore now has one of the biggest heroin problems in the world. An estimated 60,000 people are addicted and the authorities are struggling to cope.
PCP is causing havoc all over Washington DC. Both an anaesthetic and a hallucinogen, PCP gives hard-core users psychotic episodes and permanent brain damage.
In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, mobile drug dealers have taken to cars and cheap hotels to make themselves harder to track down.
In Memphis, drug habits are changing. Now, cops find themselves confronted by paranoid and trigger-happy dealers as they try to stop a heroin epidemic engulfing the city.
It's a deadly game of cat and mouse. For the DEA Agents running undercover drug stings in shopping centre parking lots, the price of getting caught is paid in lead.
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