The BEST Episodes of Border Wars

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 4, 2021

The officers and agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) scour the inhospitable landscape at one of the busiest border crossings in the country, seeking to intercept illegal entrants from the air, on the ground, and at the port of entry. 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 who struggle every day to defend this border, including: Officer Hector Navarro, part of the anti-terrorism contraband enforcement team; Agent Simon Keller, part of an 18-man all-terrain vehicle unit that navigates desert terrain too rough for cars; Officer Oscar Peru, who patrols the vast Arizona desert from a helicopter; Officer Mark Shanley, a 26-year CBP veteran who uses his hard-won experience to supplement the official manual; and Chief Rene Felix, a Nogales native with a personal mission to keep drug smugglers out of his town.

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Million Dollar Stash

#1 - Million Dollar Stash

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 20, 2011

Agents persue a pickup truck loaded down with drugs ferried from Mexico; a routine vehicle inspection uncovers a large stash of heroin.

star 8.67
3 votes
War on the Streets

#2 - War on the Streets

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 28, 2012

South Texas has become a hotspot for smuggling activities on the border.

star 8.40
45 votes
War Games

#3 - War Games

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 21, 2012

Tactical cat-and-mouse games used in the war on drugs.

star 8.17
48 votes
Going Underground

#4 - Going Underground

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 30, 2011

El Paso officers detain a father and son suspected of smuggling drugs.

star 7.93
14 votes
Rio Grande Rookies

#5 - Rio Grande Rookies

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 12, 2012

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star 7.91
11 votes
Rio Grande Reefer

#6 - Rio Grande Reefer

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 30, 2012

Human smugglers and the drug cartels use the Rio Grande River as a route to cross the border with their contraband.

star 7.90
10 votes
Special Ops

#7 - Special Ops

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 5, 2012

Specially trained agents deal with problems specific to the border in South Texas.

star 7.82
34 votes
Million Dollar Drug Busts

#8 - Million Dollar Drug Busts

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 8, 2015

The show takes a look at the highest valued multi-million dollar drug busts along the border.

star 7.74
72 votes
Death on the Rio Grande

#9 - Death on the Rio Grande

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 29, 2010

Agents try to identify the body of a young man who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande. Later, officers crack down on a human-smuggling operation and raid a safe house containing more than 20 illegal immigrants.

star 7.74
53 votes
Fence Jumpers

#10 - Fence Jumpers

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 20, 2012

An illegal immigrant chase; new crossing and concealment strategies.

star 7.56
9 votes
The War Comes Home

#11 - The War Comes Home

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 19, 2012

Agents in South Texas work to stop drug dealers, smugglers and undocumented immigrants from infiltrating residential neighborhoods and getting innocent bystanders involved.

star 7.54
68 votes
Bullets Over the Border

#12 - Bullets Over the Border

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 9, 2012

Agents respond to a shoot-out on the Rio Grande; a stash of cocaine hidden in a car floor.

star 7.53
17 votes
Toxic Drug Tanker

#13 - Toxic Drug Tanker

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 13, 2011

Smugglers bury drugs inside the toxic content of tanker trucks.

star 7.50
2 votes
Drug-Smuggling Grandma

#14 - Drug-Smuggling Grandma

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 25, 2011

With the help of a Blackhawk helicopter, agents arrest a suspected smuggler who is backpacking drugs into the U.S.

star 7.46
13 votes
Tunnel Smoke-out

#15 - Tunnel Smoke-out

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 27, 2012

A getaway car smuggling drugs; illegal immigrants led by a human smuggler; a hidden tunnel in a house.

star 7.44
9 votes
Cocaine Dump Truck

#16 - Cocaine Dump Truck

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 17, 2012

An undercover "buy and bust" operation in Puerto Rico; agents race to find illegal immigrants who have landed on a secluded beach.

star 7.44
9 votes
Midnight Drug Run

#17 - Midnight Drug Run

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 3, 2010

Agents conduct a citywide sting in San Juan in an effort to bust gang-affiliated drug dealers. In Miami, deportation officers deal with a complex case of a family man facing deportation.

star 7.44
70 votes
Traffic

#18 - Traffic

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 14, 2012

Illegal traffic between the Rio Grande and the Falfurrias Checkpoint in South Texas.

star 7.33
78 votes
Smuggler's Tunnel

#19 - Smuggler's Tunnel

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 18, 2011

Agents uncover a drug smuggling tunnel and narcotics in a freight train.

star 7.33
15 votes
Cash and Corruption

#20 - Cash and Corruption

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 16, 2013

star 7.29
17 votes
No End in Sight

#21 - No End in Sight

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 10, 2010

National Geographic goes inside the US-Mexico border with unprecedented access to the growing arsenal of high tech cameras, ground radar, and skilled trackers who are faced with the challenge of controlling the desert every day. A report on illegal immigration follows drug smugglers and job seekers as they risk their lives attempting to cross the Mexico-U.S. border. Also, a look inside the U.S. Border Patrol.

star 7.28
60 votes
Meth Mobile

#22 - Meth Mobile

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 16, 2012

The agents enlist the help of the A-Star surveillance helicopter to track a suspected smuggling ring.

star 7.27
37 votes
Crossing At All Costs

#23 - Crossing At All Costs

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 15, 2015

Follow along as border patrol agents hunt down drug runners and illegal immigrants trying to cross the border and sneak into the U.S. any way they possibly can.

star 7.21
57 votes
The Front Lines

#24 - The Front Lines

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 2010

Officer Hector Navarro apprehends a heroin smuggler at the Nogales, Ariz., port of entry. Meanwhile, a wanted man with a criminal past tries crossing through the Nogales pedestrian gate.

star 7.16
118 votes
Dead of Night

#25 - Dead of Night

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 2010

Five agents are outnumbered when they come across a group of armed drug mules in the desert. Later, a nervous woman tries crossing the border, but it appears that she's not who she claims.

star 7.16
126 votes