Border Wars

Sunday 9:00 PM on National Geographic Premiered Jan 10, 2010 In Season


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Episode Guide

    • No End in Sight
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      NGC goes to the border to examine the growing tide of illegal activity that includes human and drug smuggling.
    • Last Defense
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      In the series premiere of this documentary series, a group of border crosses are rescued in the desert. Also, agents stop a truck full of illegals that have crossed into America by Mexico.
    • Caribbean Corridor
      Caribbean Corridor
      Season 5 - Episode 15
    • Stash House Sting
      Stash House Sting
      Season 5 - Episode 17
    • Cars, Cash and Stash
      Cars, Cash and Stash
      Season 5 - Episode 20
    • Gang Task Force
      Season 2 - Episode 12

      After a notorious gang member is apprehended, agents are able to persuade him to become an informant for them in their efforts to bust the gang wide open. Officers working undercover find and destroy a house used to cultivate pot. The Coast Guard busts a vessel on the high seas carrying a cargo of over a quarter ton of coke.

    • Tunnel Smoke Out
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      "Every day thousands of men, women and children attempt to enter the United States illegally - some looking for work, some seeking a new life and others trying to smuggle drugs or other contraband. Many will do whatever it takes, often risking their lives by crossing Arizona’s treacherous Sonoran Desert. Now, follow the officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they scour the inhospitable landscape at one of the busiest border crossings in the country, seeking to fight terrorism and intercept illegal entrants from the air, on the ground and at the ports of entry.moreless
    • Meth Mobile
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      A canine unit detects a suspicious vehicle coming in from Mexico, and agents discover a massive quantity of methamphetamine concealed within.
    • Midnight Drug Trap
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Border Patrol and ICE agents discover a drug tunnel and suspected smugglers may still be inside.
    • Cocaine Paradise
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      In Puerto Rico, agents keep a high-value drug seizure from South America secure as they transport it back to San Juan. They also use a DASH 8 plane and radar to find and seize a small drug-running boat in the dangerous Mona Passage.
    • Rio Grande Reefer
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      The Rio Grande River serves as a highway for illegal traffic and dangerous crossings. As the Department of Homeland Security's surveillance intensifies, powerful drug cartels and human smugglers are trying more desperate tactics.
    • Fence Jumpers
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Agents and officers work around the clock to secure the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
    • Contraband Corridor
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Law enforcement battles to intercept the massive flow of illicit traffic moving through the Rio Grande Valley. Agents in McAllen, Texas, track a group of illegal immigrants in the dark and find themselves outnumbered in a large field.
    • Cartel Cash Stash
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Along the southern Arizona border at the port of entry, agents detain two families within a 24-hour period, driving similar SUVs and carrying a combined total of nearly $1 million in cash and drugs.
    • Bullets Over the Border
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Agents put themselves in harm's way searching for armed smugglers fleeing a shoot-out with the Mexican military. Once at the riverbanks, they find a suspected smuggler who has been shot five times. Their mission quickly changes as they rush to save the man's life.
    • Teenage Drug Mules
      Teenage Drug Mules
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      "A helicopter leads agents on a chase of an illegal immigrant through the mountains near Douglas, Ariz.
    • Rio Grande Reefer
      Rio Grande Reefer
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      Every day thousands of men, women and children attempt to enter the United States illegally - some looking for work, some seeking a new life and others trying to smuggle drugs or other contraband. Many will do whatever it takes, often risking their lives by crossing Arizona’s treacherous Sonoran Desert. Now, follow the officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they scour the inhospitable landscape at one of the busiest border crossings in the country, seeking to fight terrorism and intercept illegal entrants from the air, on the ground and at the ports of entry.moreless
    • Hidden Tunnel
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      Every day thousands of men, women and children attempt to enter the United States illegally - some looking for work, some seeking a new life and others trying to smuggle drugs or other contraband. Many will do whatever it takes, often risking their lives by crossing Arizona’s treacherous Sonoran Desert. Now, follow the officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they scour the inhospitable landscape at one of the busiest border crossings in the country, seeking to fight terrorism and intercept illegal entrants from the air, on the ground and at the ports of entry.moreless
    • Cash in the Tank
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      When the Coast Guard rescues Cuban refugees from a remote island in the Mona Passage, Customs and Border Protection agents must race to intercept them and verify their identities.
    • Cocaine Dump Truck
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      Agents in Puerto Rico enter one of San Juan's most notorious housing projects for an undercover "buy and bust" operation to intercept a dump truck full of cocaine, and race to find illegal immigrants who have landed on a secluded beach.
    • Traffic
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      A few miles east in the border town of Mission, Texas, local police raid a suspected drug stash house holding $2 million worth of marijuana. In nearby Edinburg, Texas, agents discover a house with undocumented immigrants living in deplorable conditions. And at the Falfurrias checkpoint, agents and officers suspect that a truck hauling watermelons may be transporting more than just fruit into the United States.moreless
    • Crossing at All Costs
      Crossing at All Costs
      Season 5 - Episode 12
    • Canine Alert
      Canine Alert
      Season 5 - Episode 13
    • The Chase is On
      The Chase is On
      Season 5 - Episode 14
    • Florida Georgia
      Florida Georgia
      Season 5 - Episode 16
    • Air, Land and Sea
      Air, Land and Sea
      Season 5 - Episode 18
    • Extreme Crossings
      Extreme Crossings
      Season 5 - Episode 19
    • Tricks of the Trade
      Tricks of the Trade
      Season 5 - Episode 21
    • Beyond The Bust
      Beyond The Bust
      Season 5 - Episode 22
    • Million Dollar Drug Busts
      Million Dollar Drug Busts
      Season 5 - Episode 11
    • Smuggler's Stash
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      Laredo narcotics officers raid a residence in a school zone after a confidential informant buys crack cocaine direct from a drug dealer's house.
    • War Games
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Every day, U.S. law enforcement uses clever tactics against the smuggling operations that transport illegal goods over the border into the United States and the smugglers fight back with their own tricks.
    • War on the Streets
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      The ascendance of drug cartels in Mexico and their battle over smuggling routes has upped the stakes for both drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into the United States.
    • Special Ops
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Spend a night with the U.S. Border Patrol RIIP team - a team that adjusts their tactics and hours according to the current smuggling trends - as they track down a large group of suspected illegal immigrants hiding in the dense weeds on an embankment.
    • Rio Grande Rookies
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      In the border town Havana, new agent Rodney Garza plays a role in tracking a suspected smuggler, who is subsequently arrested.
    • Cash and Corruption
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Learn how money has become something of a drug - corrupting people's lives, luring them into believing in its broken promises. The show begins at the Brownsville Port of Entry where Customs and Border Protection officers find $610,000 of cartel money in the spare tire of a truck. The driver now faces jail time.moreless
    • The War Comes Home
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      Sometimes, the lure of easy money turns ordinary citizens into criminals. Along the border, drug trafficking and illegal immigrant smuggling don't affect just law enforcement. They touch everybody in the community.
    • 24-Hour Watch
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      The action on the border runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it's critical that the men and women in law enforcement stay prepared, alert, and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Follow Border Patrol Agents and local law enforcement as they work around the clock to stop trafficking across the US border.moreless
    • Animals on the Frontline
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      The horses - fast, maneuverable and strong - help apprehend groups of illegal immigrants galloping through terrain that is tough even for agents on ATV, let alone on foot. The dogs - obedient and tenacious - use their acute sense of smell to track suspects in the brush for miles, detect drugs and humans stashed in vehicles trying to cross the border, and stop drugs in the border towns from making their way further north. We follow agents and their animal partners as they work tirelessly for Border Patrol and border town police departments, proving that the men and women working to protect the border couldn't be as effective without the help of these animals in action.moreless
    • Manhunt
      Season 2 - Episode 8

      Border Agents intercept a crosser who was trying to get back with her family who are already in the states. Officers find themselves in a standoff with a human trafficking operation.

    • Midnight Drug Run
      Season 2 - Episode 9

      Officers try to figure out a case of deportation, while drug enforcement agents crack down on drug dealers in Puerto Rico. Also, agents from the Department Of Homeland Security arrest an airline passenger possessing a phoney ID.

    • 3,000-Pound Coke Bust
      Season 2 - Episode 10

      Immigration officers hunt down gang members from other countries who have gotten to North Miami Beach illegally while Drug Enforcement agents discover over one and a half tons of cocaine on board a fishing vessel heading for the United States from Panama.

    • Inside the DEA
      Inside the DEA
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Explorer reveals the inner workings of a sting operation designed to bring down one of the world's most prolific and untouchable criminals.
    • High-Speed Chase
      Season 2 - Episode 13

      SWAT team members make entry into a house thought to be full of heroin. The U.S. Border Patrol takes part in a rough terrain pursuit of a vehicle they think contains illegal border crossers. Officers find a stash of 100 dollar bills in a car's spare tire.

    • Cartel Crackdown
      Season 2 - Episode 14

      SWAT team members raid a house suspected of containing cocaine. Border Patrol agents start out tracking illegals on a private ranch, only to become their rescue team when the crossers get lost and are in peril.

    • Storm Surge
      Season 2 - Episode 15

      Stories include the find of over 1.5 tons of pot hidden inside canned peppers; illegals trapped by the flood waters of Hurricane Alex; and the raiding of a house thought to contain caches of drugs.

    • Weed Warehouse
      Season 2 - Episode 16

      Border Agents pursuing a stolen truck discover a large stash of pot worth 1 million dollars after the vehicle flips over in the chase. At the border, the x-ray of a randomly chosen truck scores packages of crystal meth hidden in the fenders worth over a half million dollars. Officers also discover a warehouse holding 98,000 pounds of marijuana.

    • Super Sunday
      Season 2 - Episode 17

      On top of the already busy everyday routine that Border Patrol Agents have in South Florida, a week prior to America's largest sporting event, they are put through constant drilling, and teams practice every possible scenario to be prepared for a possible assault at the Super Bowl.

    • Fog Of War
      Season 2 - Episode 6

      Border Patrol agents uncover a very large cache of pot while Immigration Officers pull over a semi full of illegals trying to enter the United States.

    • Dirty Money
      Season 2 - Episode 5

      Border Patrol officers find a large cache of money belonging to one of the drug cartels. The agency sends it's rookies after illegals busting the border. Border Agents in California take a hard look within their own ranks for officers on the take from the drug cartels.

    • City Under Siege
      Season 1 - Episode 2

      Agents discover a complex tunnel system constructed for fugitives from the law, drug smugglers, and undocumented aliens to gain access to the United States. Illegal immigrants and their smugglers are staying at a house under surveillance by undercover officers.

    • Dead Of Night
      Season 1 - Episode 3

      A woman proves not to be who she claims she is while attempting to pass through a border crossing, while five agents find themselves extremely outnumbered and overpowered when the officers stumble on drug traffickers in the middle of the desert.

    • The Front Lines
      Season 1 - Episode 4

      Some criminals have a lot of nerve, such as one man with a history of crime and outstanding warrants for his arrest trying to cruise through the border crossing at Nogales, while a drug smuggling is picked up entering the state of Arizona by Officer Hector Navarro.

    • Walk the Line
      Walk the Line
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Shadow Wolves is an elite unit of just 12 Native American federal agents who hunt down drug smugglers crossing the U.S. border.
    • Death On The Rio Grande
      Season 2 - Episode 1

      Border Patrol Agents have the sad and gruesome job of trying to find out the identity of a young man who drowned in the Rio Grande river while trying to get to the U.S. Then, Immigration officers bust a house containing a couple dozen illegals associated with a human-trafficking operation.

    • Checkpoint Texas
      Season 2 - Episode 2

      A tractor trailer reveals it's hidden treasure when a rookie canine officer and his drug dog discover over a 1000 pounds of pot that it's carrying. Later, border patrol agents engage in a four hour pursuit of illegals after they cross the border.

    • Contraband Highway
      Season 2 - Episode 3

      Border security isn't all chasing illegals through the desert. Agents in Hidalgo, Texas uncover a cache of guns and ammo in a vehicle trying to cross over the border, while a stash of meth with a street value of over $600,000 is discovered in a truck.

    • Lost In the River
      Season 2 - Episode 4

      When nine people are reported missing, Border Agents start searching the Rio Grande river. The border crossing at Hidalgo catches a wanted murderer. And drug traffickers lead agents on a chase at night.

    • Hidden Narcotics
      Season 2 - Episode 7

      Border Patrol Agents take to the San Ysidro Mountains between California and Mexico in pursuit of "crossers". Immigration Agents go undercover to smash a smuggling operation. And Customs Officers find a cache of drugs hidden in a car trying to cross into the United States.

    • Marijuana Airdrop
      Season 3 - Episode 3

      Customs and Border Agents tear apart a smuggling checkpoint in the middle of the Ajo desert near Nogales, Arizona. A cache of weapons and over $700,000 cash are discovered on their way to Mexico.

    • Cocaine Sting
      Season 3 - Episode 2

      Border Protection officers find pot hidden in the floor of a sport utility vehicle. Homeland Security goes after a couple who are suspects in human smuggling. Agents aim to take into custody a high ranking drug supplier.

    • River Standoff
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      The Rio Grande Valley is a main battlefront in the war against illegal trafficking. Here, agents and officers of the Department of Homeland Security are on a mission to protect the communities that lie along one of the United States prime trafficking corridors. In this episode of Border Wars, a search team races to rescue a mother and her son, abandoned by smugglers in the brush. Down by the river, agents investigate a family after a van full of marijuana is discovered outside their home. Meantime, a special task force targets a suspected crack cocaine dealer and manufacturer in a sting operation.moreless
    • Million Dollar Stash
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      In this episode of Border Wars, we travel to the Rio Grande Valley in the southernmost tip of Texas. Along a sixty-mile stretch from McAllen to Brownsville, drug smugglers and illegal immigrants risk their lives to cross the floodwaters of the Rio Grande and make illegal entry to the United States. National Geographic will follow the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they protect this hot zone of illegal drugs and human trafficking. Agents pursue a pickup truck loaded with drugs ferried from Mexico, uncover a huge stash of heroin during a routine vehicle inspection, and attempt to rescue illegal immigrants caught in the floodwaters of the Rio Grande.moreless
    • Toxic Drug Tanker
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      At the southernmost tip of Texas is the Rio Grande Valley - a vast and sparsely populated region. As Mexican drug cartels expand their reach north of the border, the US Department of Homeland Security must rely on every available resource to find and apprehend smugglers and illegal immigrants. Border Patrol agents - tipped off by electronic sensors or covert surveillance - chase illegal immigrants through the dense brush of the river valley in vehicles or on foot. At the Falfurrias Station, smugglers bury drugs deep inside the toxic chemical cargo of tanker trucks, requiring highly trained Hazmat teams to uncover them. And at the seaport in Brownsville, shipping vessels from across the globe are scrutinized for threats ranging from bomb-making materials to deadly insects which could decimate US agriculture.moreless
    • Seize And Destroy
      Season 3 - Episode 1

      Season Three kicks off with an expose on where all the stuff that is confiscated during raids and busts goes. What happens to the narcotics, weapons and cash is the focus.

    • 11/17/10
      National Geographic's ripped-from-the-headlines Border Wars special, Murder on the Lake, explores Mexico's drug war and confronts one of the most serious threats to American security today. Our cameras return to the scene of David Hartley's murder on the otherwise placid looking Falcon Lake, and retrace his final hours through the eyes of his grieving widow Tiffany. Expert interviews explore how David's suspected murderers, the Zeta cartel, operate along the Texas/Mexico border, funneling drugs and illegal immigrants northward-ready to kill anyone who strays into their path. David's murder has brought into focus the growing fear that the violence may be heading north.moreless
    • Smuggler's Tunnel
      Season 3 - Episode 4

      The dirt beneath Nogales, Arizona, unveils a secret tunnel used by drug smugglers and crossers alike. Agents have very little time and resources to check all of the many hiding places on the trains that run daily, for drugs, guns, and humans.

    • Drug-Smuggling Grandma
      Season 3 - Episode 5

      Border Protection agents aren't fooled by an old woman, who is trying to sneak drugs across the border. Agents make use of night vision devices to spot and apprehend crossers in the deserts of Arizona.

    • Murder Capital
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Border Wars follows a journalist and cameraman reporting in Mexico for a unique view of one of the world's most dangerous cities - Ciudad Juarez. Meanwhile, agents in El Paso track down two illegal immigrants hiding in a school parking lot, discover a gas tank filled with 45 pounds of marijuana, and catch two Guatemalan brothers crossing the border with the aid of cell phones.moreless
    • Cartel Corridor
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Along the southern Arizona border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents defend a national park overrun by smugglers, seize half a million dollars worth of drugs on a train coming from Mexico, and travel into the heart of cartel territory to persuade illegal migrants from crossing.
    • Contraband Cargo
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Border Patrol agents fight a constant battle to prevent the drug wars in Ciudad Juarez from spilling into neighboring El Paso--one of the safest cities in the United States. National Geographic follows agents as they uncover marijuana ingeniously hidden in the tires of a flatbed truck, and detain a young woman, laden with cocaine, who reacts in a bizarre way to her arrest.moreless
    • Going Underground
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Tight security at urban border crossings pushes would-be illegal immigrants and smugglers to extremes, so they traverse the remote and rugged canyons of the Peloncillo Mountains in the hopes of avoiding detection. An agent on board a helicopter helps ground agents scour the vast landscape for footprints and signs of these crossers. But any footprints they find appear and disappear, frustrating the agents' search.moreless
    • River Under Siege
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      CBP Agents face the difficult challenge of defending a border drawn by the narrow, meandering course of the Rio Grande River: agents chase smugglers who risk their lives to escape high speed pursuit, track a party of migrants who claim torture at the hands of Mexican police, and thwart an unorthodox attempt to smuggle moonshine - making equipment into Mexico.moreless
    • Marijuana Air Drop
      Marijuana Air Drop
      Season 5 - Episode 23