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Fraudulent visas. Narcotics mules. Stolen art. Human trafficking. Illegal citrus. It's all part of a day's work at JFK Airport. Explorer brings you an inside look at the operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Homeland Security Investigations special agents at the busiest international airport in the USA. (Source: National Geographic Channel)

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic
2 Seasons, 14 Episodes
November 27, 2011
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To Catch a Smuggler Full Episode Guide

  • HSI and CBP team up to stop drugs from coming through JFK, and in Miami, question a passenger with ties to a known drug smuggler.

  • CBP gets the truth out of a suspicious Nigerian passenger arriving at LAX. HSI zeroes in on food couriers smuggling narcotics into JFK.

  • CBP JFK finds drugs concealed in cans, HSI Miami stops a date rape drug from hitting the streets, and CBP LAX suspects a woman of marriage fraud.

  • An international operation to stop arms trafficking networks leads HSI and Argentinian authorities to raid the homes of possible weapons traffickers.

  • CBP finds drugs concealed in clever ways; HSI pursues traffickers in a daring sting.

  • MIA CBP searches a traveler with a suspicious story and suitcase. JFK HSI works to open pistons filled with drugs, which leads to a controlled delivery.

  • MIA CBP finds a package of ecstasy, which leads to a controlled delivery and arrest. JFK CBP questions a traveler connected to known drug smugglers.

  • MIA CBP investigates a traveler suspected of smuggling drugs internally. JFK HSI conducts a controlled delivery of ecstasy to Wall Street in Manhattan.

  • Two CBP officers catch an 18-year-old smuggling cocaine in the lining of his suitcase. Also: An unemployed man from Nigeria raises suspicions while going through immigration; and a woman's undeclared food items attract cockroaches.

  • A father arriving from Peru claims he is unaware of the cocaine found in the lining of leather coats his family was carrying; an officer discovers a package containing a photo album and a half pound of heroin; a radiation detector goes off in the airport.

  • 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 be efficient in selecting passengers for random searches. Using these tactics, CBP officers narrow down two men arriving from different continents.

  • Illegal pills are found in packages at the JFK International Airport, a passenger smuggling cocaine in his shoes is caught, suspected smugglers from Guyana arrive in New York.

  • Anthony Campos finds hash among express courier shipments.

  • MIA CBP target a passenger with frequent trips to Colombia and after further questioning they suspect he could be smuggling narcotics internally. Officers search cargo for narcotics staying one step ahead of the cartel. At JFK, HSI conducts a controlled delivery of ecstasy on Wall Street that was intercepted at the mail facility and at LAX two passengers are questioned about their visits.

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