To Catch A Smuggler: JFK Airport

To Catch A Smuggler: JFK Airport

Synopsis

Explore the intense and emotional stories of the US Customs Patrol at some of the busiest airports in the world.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Search & Seize

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    Two major agencies at John F. Kennedy International Airport work together to limit the amount of illegal goods and drugs coming into the country. Collaboration is key in keeping American soil safe and clear of drugs. When Customs and Border Protection officers stop a young drug smuggler with cocaine in his luggage, is it up to the Special agents of Homeland Security Investigations to take the case further. Once the smuggler names name, its up to both teams to track down the other suspected drug smugglers and get to the source. At the end of the day, these officers prevail and successfully keep a half of a kilo of cocaine off the streets. But that's...

  • Coke In The Coat

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    Flights from all around the world arrive at JFK International Airport every year, transporting about forty six million passengers a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Homeland Security Investigations special agents are on high alert teaming up to stop it. Whether its intercepting a family with heroin in their luggage or determining whats setting off radiation alarms, these officers are ready for the challenge.

  • Hidden Heroin

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers work hard to learn and spot innovative methods of drug concealments in luggage and mail. With about a thousand CBP officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport they have to work smart and be strategic in selecting passengers for random searches. Using these tactics, CBP officers narrow down two men arriving from different continents. Both searches are clean for drugs, but their nerves and inconsistent stories keep the officers suspicious. Only an x-ray will determine if these passengers are hiding anything internally or if their just nervous travelers.

  • Cavity Courier

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    In this episode of To Catch a Smuggler, officers and special agents with Homeland Security continue to contend with smugglers attempting to sneak cocaine and other illegal substances through security at JFK International Airport. Prohibited pills are pulled from packages in the mailroom, and a familys emptied bags yield much more than just spices and rice. In the case of a suspect wearing shoes filled with cocaine, two special agents confront the unexpected problem of finding out the suspects real name. And when customs officers confront two suspected smugglers arriving from Guyana, a recent hotspot for drug activity, they have to harness their...

  • Courier To Kingpin

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    Like the city that serves as its home, John F. Kennedy International Airport is a place that never sleepsand for officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), this means constant vigilance is necessary at all times. In this episode of To Catch a Smuggler, the team confronts some of their biggest challenges yet: a man carrying four kilos of cocaine who refuses to divulge the recipient of the package; two "hot flights" carrying concealed contraband as cargo; a passenger who falsely claims his parents were kidnapped in Pakistan; and a young man whose story shrouds a...