To Catch a Smuggler

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 6 Seasons
  • 6.8  (214)

To Catch a Smuggler is a gripping TV series produced by National Geographic that follows the daily activities of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers as they work to prevent illegal goods from entering the country at JFK International Airport in New York City, one of the busiest airports in the world.

Denise Toto, a veteran CBP officer with more than 25 years of experience, and Jim Finn, a former NYPD detective who became a CBP officer, lead the team of officers who are responsible for keeping the airport's borders safe. Every day, they have to deal with a wide range of threats, from drugs and contraband to guns, counterfeit products, and even wildlife smuggling.

The show provides an inside look at the daily operations of the CBP officers, who work tirelessly to ensure that nothing is overlooked at the airport. The officers have to be vigilant and maintain a high level of attention to detail as smugglers use a variety of tactics to try and evade detection.

To Catch a Smuggler shows how CBP officers use a wide range of equipment and technology to scan luggage and cargo, such as X-ray machines, radiation detectors, and drug-sniffing dogs. They also use their instincts, training, and experience to identify suspicious behavior and intercept illegal goods.

The show is filled with suspenseful moments as the officers race against the clock to intercept smugglers before they can escape the airport. They often have to work in coordination with law enforcement agencies in other countries to track down the origin of illegal goods and the people behind smuggling operations.

One particularly interesting aspect of the show is its focus on the human element of smuggling. Viewers get to see how smugglers try to conceal illegal goods using a range of imaginative methods, such as hiding drugs in everyday objects or sewing them into clothing. The show also highlights the social and economic factors that drive people to get involved in smuggling, such as poverty, greed, and desperation.

To Catch a Smuggler is a must-watch for anyone interested in law enforcement, border security, or the fight against organized crime. The show provides a fascinating insight into the daily struggles of CBP officers as they try to keep America's borders safe.

The show's production quality is excellent, with high-definition footage and dramatic reenactments of smuggling attempts that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The production team also does an excellent job of explaining the technology and techniques used by CBP officers in a way that is easy to understand for laypeople.

Overall, To Catch a Smuggler is an entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking show that provides a unique perspective on the world of smuggling and law enforcement. Denise Toto, Jim Finn, and the rest of the CBP team are true heroes who risk their lives every day to keep America safe, and this show is a testament to their bravery and dedication.

To Catch a Smuggler is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (67 episodes). The series first aired on October 8, 2012.

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By Air, Land, and Sea
17. By Air, Land, and Sea
September 27, 2023
DHS stops smugglers who try to import their product by air, land, and sea.
Cocaine Granny
16. Cocaine Granny
September 20, 2023
CBP in Miami and JFK face several smuggling suspects who don't fit the typical profile.
Cocaine Rides in the Crew Cab
15. Cocaine Rides in the Crew Cab
September 13, 2023
HSI runs a human trafficking sting, and CBP arrests a domestic terror suspect.
Meth Magnets and Dirty Money
14. Meth Magnets and Dirty Money
September 6, 2023
HSI money laundering stings. CBP's largest drug seizure in LAX history.
Gold Diggers
13. Gold Diggers
August 30, 2023
Colombia's HSI is on the hunt for illicit gold. CBP thwarts cartel operations in Texas.
Fentanyl Express
12. Fentanyl Express
August 23, 2023
JFK's CBP and HSI in San Diego face a crisis on fentanyl.
Money Dog
11. Money Dog
August 16, 2023
CBP's K9 detects hidden cash. HSI intercepts a two-million-dollar drug trade.
Asleep on Lots of Coke
10. Asleep on Lots of Coke
August 2, 2023
AMO hunts for a boatload of coke. CBP finds a hidden body in a trunk.
Junk in the Trunk
9. Junk in the Trunk
July 26, 2023
Meth and fentanyl are discovered during an HSI stakeout, while CBP intercepts a shipment of cash and cocaine.
Ice Cold Cocaine
8. Ice Cold Cocaine
June 28, 2023
Customs and Border Protection in El Paso finds $1M of cocaine hidden in a refrigerated cargo truck. LA Homeland Security Investigations executes controlled delivery and arrests recipient of date rape drug.
Freeway Meth
7. Freeway Meth
June 21, 2023
HSI in San Diego tracks a vehicle stuffed with meth all the way to Long Beach, as CBP and HSI in Philadelphia test a new drug detection device.
Dope in the Hood
6. Dope in the Hood
June 14, 2023
HSI in California organises undercover drug buys with numerous traffickers. CBP El Paso intercepts Coyotes heading back into Mexico
The Coke Eater
5. The Coke Eater
June 7, 2023
CBP question a man suspected of ingesting pellets of coke. PR AMO agents track down a boat loaded with $51M worth of cocaine.
Bananas and Blow
4. Bananas and Blow
May 31, 2023
Bananas and Blow
Popped for Pills
3. Popped for Pills
May 24, 2023
CBP and HSI target 25,000 ecstasy pills intercepted in Germany bound for PHL. CBP finds $143K of meth at the border, and an ancient statue at JFK.
Hot Drugs
2. Hot Drugs
May 17, 2023
HSI arrests an importer of illegal pills.
Boatloads Of Coke
1. Boatloads Of Coke
May 10, 2023
CBP finds an SUV loaded with meth at the border and counterfeit cash in Atlanta. Operation Blood Moon yields 2000 kilos of cocaine in Puerto Rico.
Where to Watch To Catch a Smuggler
To Catch a Smuggler is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch To Catch a Smuggler on demand at Disney+, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and National Geographic.
  • Premiere Date
    October 8, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (214)