The BEST episodes of Border Wars

Every episode of Border Wars ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Border Wars!

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.

Last Updated: 2/20/2024Network: National GeographicStatus: Ended
Million Dollar Stash
3 votes

#1 - Million Dollar Stash

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/20/2011

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

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War on the Streets
40 votes

#2 - War on the Streets

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/28/2012

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

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War Games
43 votes

#3 - War Games

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/21/2012

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

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Rio Grande Rookies
7 votes

#4 - Rio Grande Rookies

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/12/2012

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Rio Grande Reefer
10 votes

#5 - Rio Grande Reefer

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/30/2012

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

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Special Ops
33 votes

#6 - Special Ops

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/5/2012

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

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Death on the Rio Grande
49 votes

#7 - Death on the Rio Grande

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/29/2010

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.

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Drug-Smuggling Grandma
11 votes

#8 - Drug-Smuggling Grandma

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/25/2011

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

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Fence Jumpers
8 votes

#9 - Fence Jumpers

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/20/2012

An illegal immigrant chase; new crossing and concealment strategies.

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Going Underground
11 votes

#10 - Going Underground

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/30/2011

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

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Million Dollar Drug Busts
60 votes

#11 - Million Dollar Drug Busts

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/8/2015

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

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Tunnel Smoke-out
8 votes

#12 - Tunnel Smoke-out

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/27/2012

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

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The War Comes Home
65 votes

#13 - The War Comes Home

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/19/2012

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

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3,000-Pound Coke Bust
14 votes

#14 - 3,000-Pound Coke Bust

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/10/2010

Dismantling North Miami Beach gangs; corrupt employees on a cruise liner; a drug load off the coast of Puerto Rico.

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Midnight Drug Run
67 votes

#15 - Midnight Drug Run

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/3/2010

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.

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Toxic Drug Tanker
2 votes

#16 - Toxic Drug Tanker

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/13/2011

Smugglers bury drugs inside the toxic content of tanker trucks.

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Cocaine Dump Truck
8 votes

#17 - Cocaine Dump Truck

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/17/2012

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

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Bullets Over the Border
17 votes

#18 - Bullets Over the Border

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/9/2012

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

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74 votes

#19 - Traffic

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/14/2012

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

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Cash and Corruption
12 votes

#20 - Cash and Corruption

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/16/2013

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Smuggler's Tunnel
13 votes

#21 - Smuggler's Tunnel

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/18/2011

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

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Meth Mobile
38 votes

#22 - Meth Mobile

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/16/2012

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

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No End in Sight
56 votes

#23 - No End in Sight

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/10/2010

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.

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Crossing At All Costs
48 votes

#24 - Crossing At All Costs

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/15/2015

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.

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Dead of Night
122 votes

#25 - Dead of Night

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/18/2010

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.

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