Border Wars

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

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  • Traffic

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    S 5 : Ep 13 - 11/14/12

    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
  • Smuggler's Stash

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    S 5 : Ep 10 - 1/9/13

    Laredo narcotics officers raid a residence in a school zone after a confidential informant buys crack cocaine direct from a drug dealer's house.
  • 24-Hour Watch

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    S 5 : Ep 9 - 12/26/12

    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

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    S 5 : Ep 8 - 1/2/13

    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
  • The War Comes Home

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    S 5 : Ep 7 - 12/19/12

    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.
  • Cash and Corruption

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 12/12/12

    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
  • Rio Grande Rookies

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 12/12/12

    In the border town Havana, new agent Rodney Garza plays a role in tracking a suspected smuggler, who is subsequently arrested.
  • Special Ops

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 12/5/12

    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.moreless
  • War on the Streets

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 11/28/12

    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.
  • War Games

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 11/21/12

    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.
  • Cash in the Tank

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    S 4 : Ep 12 - 9/24/12

    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

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    S 4 : Ep 11 - 9/17/12

    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.moreless
  • Cocaine Paradise

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    S 4 : Ep 10 - 9/10/12

    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.moreless
  • Midnight Drug Trap

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 8/16/12

    Border Patrol and ICE agents discover a drug tunnel and suspected smugglers may still be inside.
  • Fence Jumpers

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 8/20/12

    Agents and officers work around the clock to secure the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  • Cartel Cash Stash

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 8/13/12

    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.moreless
  • Rio Grande Reefer

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 7/30/12

    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.moreless
  • Contraband Corridor

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 7/23/12

    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.moreless
  • Meth Mobile

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 7/16/12

    A canine unit detects a suspicious vehicle coming in from Mexico, and agents discover a massive quantity of methamphetamine concealed within.
  • Bullets Over the Border

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 7/9/12

    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.moreless
  • Tunnel Smoke Out

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    S 3 : Ep 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
  • Hidden Tunnel

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    S 3 : Ep 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
  • River Standoff

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    S 3 : Ep 13 - 11/27/11

    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

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    S 3 : Ep 12 - 11/20/11

    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

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    S 3 : Ep 11 - 11/13/11

    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
  • River Under Siege

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    S 3 : Ep 10 - 11/6/11

    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
  • Going Underground

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    S 3 : Ep 9 - 10/30/11

    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
  • Contraband Cargo

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 10/23/11

    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
  • Cartel Corridor

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 10/16/11

    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.moreless
  • Murder Capital

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 10/2/11

    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
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