Border Wars

Border Wars

About the show

Border Wars follows Customs and Border Protection as they patrol the border, and rides along with local law enforcement charged with keeping things safe in the border towns of South Texas. Follow the cameras as we show the challenges and complexities in this hot zone, where more drugs are apprehended than anywhere else in the U.S. Determined to defend our borders, these officers and agents take their jobs seriously. Border Wars illustrates the heartbreaking, jaw-dropping, and action-packed side of issues like illegal immigration and the ongoing war on drugs.


Upcoming episodes

Oct 27th

Contraband Corridor

In the rio grande valley, law enforcement searches for drug smugglers hiding in the dark, uncovers a large stash of cocaine in a cleverly-crafted compartment, and intercept millions of dollars’ worth of heroin in a rare port seizure.
Oct 28th

War on the Streets

Separated from mexico by just the rio grande river, south texas must secure its border for the safety of americans across the country. In 2011, over two million pounds of marijuana were confiscated within the southwest border sector, and over 300,000 humans were apprehended trying to cross illegally. The ascendance of ruthless drug cartels in mexico and their battle over smuggling routes has upped the stakes for both drug traffickers and illegal immigrants attempting to cross into the united states. And the war isn't just on the mexican side anymore. Violence has spilled onto the streets of some u.S. Border towns. Neither border patrol nor local police alone can stem the flow of illegal activity into the u.S.; They must work together to beat the cartels at their ruthless game.
Nov 3rd


In this episode of border wars, a cbp helicopter and border patrol river boat assist agents on the ground as they pursue suspected drug mules running through the dense brush, in an action-packed chase along the rio grande. A few miles east in the border town of mission, texas, local police raid a suspected drug stash house holding $2 million dollars’ worth of marijuana, and receive an unexpected surprise when suspected home invaders show up on the scene. In nearby edinburg, texas, agents discover a house with illegal immigrants living in deplorable conditions at the hands of greedy smugglers. 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.
Nov 4th

Cash and Corruption

This episode of border wars explores money and corruption - speaking truths of an america few have seen in the rio grande valley, a 43,000 square mile area of south texas. We see 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.
Nov 10th

War Games

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. Agents, scouts, surveillance, decoys and espionage make up this epic never-ending chess match with human lives and millions of dollars on the line with every move. In this episode, we'll see how this tactical cat-and-mouse game plays out at ground zero in the drug wars. From the banks of the rio grande river to the streets of san juan, texas, the mexican smuggling operations will take the border wars to new levels, and law enforcement agents and officers will battle right back.
Nov 11th

Smuggler’S Stash

In this episode of border wars, u.S. Customs and border protection (cbp) and local law enforcement know that drugs, humans, weapons, and money could be stashed anywhere , by anyone , at any time in south texas. Throughout the region, smugglers and traffickers use clever tactics to hide, store, and transport illegal contraband, while agents and officers protecting the border and nearby communities, are determined to find the stashes before they disappear.
Nov 17th

Special Ops

In this episode of border wars we meet specially trained agents and officers equipped to combat the border problems that prevail in south texas. The u.S. Border patrol riip team adjusts their tactics and hours to foil the current smuggling trends. And san juan pd swat uses their tactical expertise to take down a suspected drug dealer without endangering the surrounding community. These teams and units are highly selective, and these agents and officers are the best of best.
Nov 18th

Animals on the Frontline

In this episode of border wars, we see law enforcement animals in action. 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.