From a media release:
HISTORY is taking viewers inside a covert operation in the new, fact-based drama series, Gangland Undercover, which chronicles infiltrator Charles Falco’s (Canadian Damon Runyan) mission inside one of America’s most notoriously violent outlaw motorcycle gangs. Giving a rare look inside this historically infamous organized crime gang through the eyes of an undercover investigator, the six-episode series premieres on HISTORY Monday March 2nd at 10pm ET/PT and is based on Falco’s 2013 memoir, “Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs.”
Joining Damon Runyan in the cast are fellow Canadians Paulino Nunes (The Firm, Haven), James Cade (Copper, Rookie Blue), Don Francks (La Femme Nikita, Hemlock Grove), Melanie Scrofano (Warehouse 13, Edwin Boyd), Ari Cohen (Small Town Murder Songs, Maps to the Stars), Stephen McIntyre (Less Than Kind, Haven), Ian Matthews (Lost Girl, A History of Violence) and Patricia McKenzie (Cosmopolis, Mirador).
The series follows Falco’s three-year mission living a double-life as an ATF informant planted inside one of the most historically dangerous motorcycle gangs, the California-based Vagos – a criminal group involved in drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering and murder. Falco initially took on the assignment out of self-preservation, to avoid 20 years in prison on drug charges, but his outlook soon shifted, becoming a quest to achieve justice. Operation 22 Green, as it was known, ended in March 2006 with the arrests of 25 gang members.
Drawing on the wealth of material from Falco’s book, along with broader documented historical research of inter-gang rivalries, the series captures the reality of outlaw biker counter-culture: a world in which freedom is equated with the right to carry guns and trade drugs with impunity, a world in which respect can be earned through fear.
Gangland Undercover is produced by Cineflix Productions in association with Shaw Media and Stephen Kemp. Noel Baker (Hard Core Logo) is the lead writer. Neil Rawles (Manson, 9/11 State of Emergency), Carl Hindmarch (The Somme, Holby City) and Stephen Kemp (Dangerous Persuasions, Locked Up Abroad) are the directors. Charles Tremayne and Kim Bondi are amongst Cineflix’s Executive Producers. A+E Networks will distribute Gangland Undercover outside of North America under the A+E Studios International banner.
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