Jeremy Renner stars as journalist, Gary Webb working for lesser known newspaper in California in the mid- 1990s. When he uncovers the CIA's alleged role in importing crack cocaine into the United States to secretly fund the Nicaraguan contra rebels. As he begins to investigate and research for his story, he takes a trip to Nicaragua to speak to some of the witnesses who might be able to shed light onto the truth. He travels to the site of where planes would come and go filled with American CIA and where the drugs were loaded.
Once Gary returns back to the U.S. he starts to get threats from high level officials letting him know that harm my come to him or even worse his children if he goes through with releasing the story in the press. Refusing to back down, Gary works with his editor and his paper to get the story out there. Once it's released into the press, it lights a fire across the United States. It covers the front of newspapers nationwide and hit the airwaves on the news. It's also insinuated that they sold the cocaine in poverty stricken areas in dominate African American areas. This claim creates an uproar. The fact that the U.S. government was behind such a horrible plot to it's own citizens.
Gary is honored for his story but with every great story comes a backlash. When a high level paper starts to dismiss Gary and his claims he feels the tide turn and more people are wondering if the story has real merit. As Gary's life starts to go downhill, the story continues to cause controversy. So the real question is... Was the CIA really involved?
Watch and find out. This is based on a true story.