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New Season Of Locked Up Abroad Kicks Off With Harrowing Vietnam POW Account Of Ernie Brace And Friendship Formed With Fellow Captive Sen. John McCain

Locked Up Abroad is a cult cable favorite known for taking viewers inside accounts of capture, incarceration and terror far away from home with intimate personal interviews and dramatic reenactments. This season, we'll hear the firsthand accounts not only of those who were locked up but also of those who were directly part of the story, such as the undercover agent compiling the evidence against the suspect or the person making the drug dealing offers.

Upcoming episodes include stories of Californian surfers arrested in Mexico after the shipwreck of their marijuana-filled yacht, who attempt to dig their way out of prison; a reptile smuggler who travels to Belize to avoid U.S. prosecution but is deported back home; and an English ecstasy dealer living the high life until he is caught by American police.

Two Additional Premieres include:

Locked Up Abroad: Snake on a Plane Wednesday, April 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (To Immediately Follow "Locked Up Abroad: Vietnam POWs: McCain & Brace")

"I elected to take the snake on the plane. Were there some apprehensions, yes! One bite means almost sure death. There's no question I made a lot of bad decisions." – Tom Crutchfield

Tom Crutchfield, an American carpet salesman living in Fort Myers, Fla., called himself the "Mick Jagger of the reptile industry." With worldwide operations, he successfully smuggled crocodiles, snakes, tarantulas and king cobras around the world. But when Special Agent Ernest Mayer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins building the case against Tom, the reptile rock 'n' roll time is about to fade. Tom discovers that he is about to be arrested and escapes to Belize. There, he believes he is free, but Belizean authorities arrest and imprison him. His new cellmates are sleeping on the floor, with no electricity, plumbing, toilets or running water in the cells. Yet when Belize officials deport him back to the United States, U.S. federal marshals are waiting for him.

Locked Up Abroad: Raving Arizona Wednesday, April 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

"Dealing ecstasy was there if I wanted it. Hell yeah, let's do it. I'm feeling like a kind of god. I'm above the law. No one can stop this. But boy, was I wrong. Now I'm dealing with the mafia. Here I was in one of America's deadliest jails. These guys are murdering someone in front of my eyes. Game over." – Shaun Attwood

Shaun Attwood left his life in England to follow his dream and became a successful stockbroker in America. After moving to Phoenix, Ariz., he soon finds himself using ecstasy and decides to begin dealing the drug. He spends years living the "high life" as an ecstasy kingpin, with glamorous parties, women, expensive cars and a luxurious house. But when a local mafia boss takes offense, the door opens on a dark criminal underworld. Shaun retreats and goes back to being a stockbroker, but it proves to be too little too late when the police knock at the door. He's thrown in one of America's deadliest jails, and just when he thinks it can't get any worse he witnesses skinheads murdering someone in front of him. His act of defiance: starting "Jon's Jail Journal," a blog describing the unconstitutional conditions inside Maricopa County jails. Sneaking out the writing through visitations with his aunt, his site goes on to attract more than 850,000 visitors.

National Geographic Channel Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks.  The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission.  Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD.  In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled.  The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 84 million U.S. homes.  Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages.  For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

SOURCE National Geographic Channel

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