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Working around the clock at one of the United States’ busiest border crossings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents are at the front lines in America’s war against narco-trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism. Covering a 2,800-square kilometre battleground of unforgiving desert in a rugged and remote frontier, the CBP officers and agents handle everything from uncovering a high-level tunnel leading straight into downtown to engaging in a confrontation with drug cartel foot soldiers in the dead of night to seizing over U.S. $1.5 million in heroin. The Border goes on patrol around Nogales, Arizona, on the U.S.-Mexico border, as a Black Hawk helicopter team rescue illegal immigrants abandoned by their guides in the desert, ground agents encounter night-time gun fire, and officers dismantle vehicles in search of hidden compartments filled with drugs or other illegal contraband.


  • The Border: Under Siege
    Border Patrol agents uncover a hidden tunnel that gives the smugglers an easy access to the downtown.
  • The Border: Night Shift
    The Border Patrol's helicopter crew must attempt a risky landing in the mountains to apprehend a group of illegal immigrants.
  • The Border: Desert Breakdown
    CMP officers prevent a wanted man from slipping across the border and uncover a smuggling of over 27 kilograms of heroin.
  • The Border: The Human Stash
    CBP officers stop a vehicle reeking of gasoline, and find a hidden compartment filled with marijuana inside the gas tank.
  • The Border: San Diego Front Line
    On the U.S.-Mexico border,officers and agents work to fight the threat of terrorism while remaining vigilant against illegal immigration and smuggling
  • The Border: Smoke Run
    In this episode of Border Wars, officers fight illegally crossing and unearth a payload of hundreds of pounds of marijuana.
  • The Border: New Blood
    In this episode of Border Wars, officers hunt for drug money headed back to Mexican cartels.
  • The Border: Dangerous Divide
    The men and women traverse rugged San Ysidro Mountain in search of illegal border crossers, and try to infiltrate a human smuggling organization.