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CRIME INC. RETURNS TO CNBC AS SUMMER SERIES BEGINNING AUGUST 2ND

CNBC’s CRIME INC. will air on seven consecutive Thursdays starting on August 2nd.

Airdates and times are as follows:

ALL TIMES ARE IN ET

Thursday, August 2 – CRIME INC. #6: A DEADLY HIGH - 8p, 9p, 12a

Thursday, August 9 – CRIME INC. #7: GRAND THEFT AUTO - 8p, 9p, 12a

Thursday, August 16 - CRIME INC. #8 - 9p, 12a

Thursday, August 23 - CRIME INC. #9 - 9p, 12a

Thursday, August 30 - CRIME INC. #10 - 9p, 12a

Thursday, September 6 - CRIME INC. #11- 9p, 12a

Thursday, September 13 - CRIME INC. #12 - 9p, 12a

CRIME INC.:

Series takes viewers inside the biggest criminal enterprises in the world.

CRIME INC.: A DEADLY HIGH– Thursday, August 2

Correspondent: Carl Quintanilla

They go by names like Bath Salts, Spice, Herbal Incense and even Plant Food, but there’s nothing natural about these products. They are a new breed of synthetic drugs, created in laboratories and designed to mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and crystal meth. They’re cheap, dangerous, legal and easily accessible at gas stations, head shops and online for as little as $20. Despite a warning label that reads “Not for Human Consumption,” an increasing number of people are using these drugs, often with tragic consequences.

Crime Inc. explores an industry that earns an estimated five billion dollars a year and that critics charge is selling deadly products directly to kids. Karen Dobner tells the story of her 19- year- old son Max, who was killed in a car accident, driving at 100 mph after taking a new drug called I-Aroma.

To learn more about who’s selling these products, Crime Inc. profiles Rick Broider, a former National Guardsman and father of six. Today, Broider manufactures synthetic drugs in New Hampshire, and tells Correspondent Carl Quintanilla that most of the people who buy his products simply use them as incense. Quintanilla also tells the story of Last Place on Earth, a store in Minnesota that earns an estimated $16,000 a day selling synthetic pot and stimulants with names like Role-x Watch Cleaner and Water Pipe Cleaner.

Through undercover operations and raids in Louisiana and Alabama, cameras capture the challenges in stopping the sale of synthetic drugs. Though 41 states have attempted to ban or limit the sales, these dangerous highs are still in great demand, with new, ever more lethal blends introduced every year.

CRIME INC.: GRAND THEFT AUTO – Thursday, August 9

Correspondent: Carl Quintanilla

According to the FBI, it’s estimated that a car is stolen every 43 seconds in the United States. It’s no longer just about small-time crooks hot-wiring vehicles. Today’s car thieves are often part of organized crime syndicates that cost drivers and insurances companies $4 billion a year, making auto theft the second most expensive property crime in the U.S.

In this hour, Crime Inc. investigates car theft rings that operate as global enterprises, exporting stolen luxury cars to Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, where demand outstrips supply. Carlos Diaz, a former member of a Cuban crime cartel, tells the tricks of this illicit trade and reveals how easy it was to steal a $60,000 car right off a dealer’s lot.

Law enforcement officials show the latest state of the art techniques to capture car thieves. Correspondent Carl Quintanilla is stopped in his tracks as he demonstrates GM’s OnStar stolen vehicle technology. But even automakers acknowledge it’s only a matter of time before the thieves once again outsmart them.

Viewers will also learn that the cost for auto theft can be harsher for those who’ve purchased a hot car than for the criminals who’ve stolen them. Throughout this episode of Crime Inc., one point is clear: no vehicle -- or driver -- is safe.

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