Border Security: Canada's Front Line

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Border Security follows the work of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) & the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers and agents as they clear travelers at land, air and marine ports of entry, inspect cargo and secure America’s borders. In search of illegal travelers, weapons, and contraband, there's never a dull moment for the men and women who work for Customs.

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Episode 1

A Texan arrives with his hunting gear – and a trailer full of unusual trophies. Suitcases of undeclared food may cost three Chinese students a lot more than they’re worth. An American marijuana user learns too late about Canadian drug laws. A criminal past threatens to keep an Australian tourist from the woman he loves.

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Episode 2

A Dutch woman with a mountain of luggage claims she’s only on a four-day holiday. A parcel from China contains a shocking surprise. A traveller returning from Iran has a lot more cash than he’s declared. A weapon is found in the car of a man on probation for assault. Actor Corey Feldman defends his criminal record.

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Episode 3

An angry businessman from China hides the real reason for his hostility. A box of ‘custom’ wedding invitations has the makings of a different kind of party. A nervous English tourist catches the officers’ attention. The detector dog sniffs out a truckload of trouble. Officers process some unusual Mexican migrants. A fake ID and a jar of marijuana disrupt the plans of an American woman.

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Episode 4

An American oil rig worker gets drilled on his shady past. A man arrives from Hong Kong with a suitcase full of meat – and something much more dangerous. A British traveller with an expired work permit may not get to visit his girlfriend after all. A package of ‘cookbooks’ contains an unwanted ingredient. Land border CCTV catches a sudden switcheroo, and puts a disqualified driver in the hot seat.

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Episode 5

An inebriated snowboarder causes trouble at the airport. Two mail centre packages add up to one deadly surprise. An American woman has a one-way ticket to meet her online boyfriend.

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Episode 6

A drill-worker returning home from Japan with a bad temper and a foul mouth goes one step too far with officers. A California woman hides her “medicine” in her child’s stroller.

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Episode 7

A Korean bride-to-be tries to enter Canada as a tourist. The Marine Enforcement Team tackles a massive Japanese freighter with an illegal passenger.

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Episode 8

An injured American may be too ill to enter Canada. Officers suspect an I.T. consultant is arriving for more than just a holiday. A surfer returns from Southeast Asia with a suspicious souvenir.

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Episode 9

The Inland Enforcement Team tracks down an alleged German sex offender. The detector dog proves that what smells in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas; and sniffs out trouble in an unclaimed suitcase from Dubai.

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Episode 10

A Canadian wanted in Alberta is stopped en route to Ecuador. A parcel of baby food contains a formula for criminal charges.

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Episode 11

A Russian dissident’s complicated past raises too many questions. Officers wonder why a Korean tourist would bring his CV and school diplomas on a vacation.

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Episode 12

The Inland Enforcement Unit tracks a pair of Honduran drug runners illegally in the country. An American tourist seems to have already put down roots in Canada.

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Episode 13

A young Asian woman with someone else’s bag might be an unsuspecting drug courier. An Indian man’s deception jeopardizes his visa. Two Canadians return from a concert in California with more than just the t-shirt.
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Episode 1

A hostile traveller spits out her true intentions. A California farmer’s choice of crop may make him inadmissible. Red flags are raised when a visitor forgets his cell phone password. Airport officers are on the lookout for traveller with an outstanding warrant. A furry traveller is illuminating. Mail centre officers smell a rat.

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Episode 2

A street performer is caught in an escape act. A cheeky bus passenger answers questions about his mischievous past. Mail centre officers are pumped up over a suspicious water heater. Red flags are raised when an American driver scrambles to his trunk. A German traveller is questioned over his penchant for “Crystal”.

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Episode 3

A distinctive bag has officers seeing double. A photographer misses the big picture. Three strikes and an American trio may be out. Red threads make for red flags in the mail centre. A heavily-modified truck causes concern. Officers ensure every dog has its day.

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Episode 4

A traveller’s textbooks teach him an unexpected lesson. A tourist hits a snag instead of the slopes. Officers discover a shipment of cosmetics that’s not what it’s made up to be. A family’s idea of a walk in the park involves a loaded arsenal. The Airside team searches deep into a 747. A vagabond wants to climb a freezing mountain– without a coat or a plan.

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Episode 5

A traveller with a third leg shows officers his party trick. Officers add a new charge to a woman's lengthy rap sheet. A hair-raising package from Malaysia is found. Chocolate bars contain a special ingredient. A traveller’s story is written on his face.

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Episode 6

A bold as brass backpacker has photos of his criminal hobbies. An American band gets caught in a jam. Officers think inside the box for their biggest bust yet. A woman arrives with a hair salon in her luggage. Bags of prohibited groceries give tourists food for thought.

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Episode 7

Officers confront an American soldier running scared. A British woman’s bag of tricks confuses an officer. A box of skullduggery is intercepted. An American football player may fumble his chance to go pro. An actor fails his audition.

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Episode 8

Hidden compartments in a traveller’s backpack raise red flags. A snowboarder’s vehicle contains gear of a different variety. Unmarked pills are discovered in a student’s luggage. Officers have a wolf by the tail, and he's short of funds. The discovery of a deadly weapon leaves mail centre officers stunned.

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Episode 9

Officers look for a message in a bottle. A lack of papers lands a group of L.A. rappers in the doghouse. A young man gets a sobering wake-up call. An undeclared bag of putrid poultry is just the beginning of a visitor’s violations. A box of "furniture" is much more stimulating.

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Episode 10

An accidental detour leads two Canadians to a dead end. An ornate frame holds more than just a picture. A man is suspected of money laundering when officers find thousands in undeclared cash. A bus passenger with a past may have his travel plans snatched. An Afghani groom reunites with his Canadian love.

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Episode 11

An American traveller can’t remember his hazy past. Officers discover a visitor’s half-truths make up whole lies. An abandoned bag is found in a restricted area. Bad decisions may keep a rugby player off the pitch. An officer helps a traveller get his ducks in a row.

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Episode 12

A traveller’s belongings raise repeated alarms. An intercepted heat lamp may be keeping narcotics warm. Officers suspect a traveller may be hiding a handgun. A man’s reasons for studying in Canada may not be academic. An American couple packs heat for a move to Alaska.

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Episode 13

A currency dog sniffs out thousands in undeclared cash. An aspiring actor has trouble keeping track of the plot. Unusual body art may not be what it seems. An officer suspects a Canadian is bringing home some illicit souvenirs. Coffee cans contain a different kind of buzz. Officers arrest a wanted burglar.

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Episode 14

An American's trip to Alaska may be heading south. Cheap books with high shipping costs raise suspicion. Officers suspect a convicted drug dealer is bringing his business north. A high-risk ship containing weapons is searched. A competitive skateboarder puts a spin on his luggage exam.

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Episode 15

A young woman's Jamaican holiday ends in a cell. A father and son have loads of ammo, but where's the gun? The Vessel Search Unit finds a suspect sailor on a US tug.

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Episode 16

A young man's lies could keep him from his fiancée. A gold bar and a pile of cash put a traveller on the watch list. A US visitor is shocked to learn about his unusual criminal record. Mail Centre officers find a riveting artwork has hidden value. A gambler shows his cards, but it's not a winning hand.

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Episode 17

A last minute booking takes a farm worker down a rough road. Toy trucks arrive loaded with contraband. An outbound Canadian might carry dirty cash. Some medicine is best left at home. A big rig gets a whole-body scan.

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Episode 18

A visiting worker learns he got some bad advice. A fisherman's pot could get him in hot water. Suspicions about a convicted smuggler uncover a scam. A suitcase full of meat is not the main course in a traveller's smuggling buffet. Two hunters learn canned weapons aren't sporting.

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Episode 19

Engineering students carry an unusual experiment. A construction worker's story has no foundation. An American moving to a new home learns he can't get there from here. A traveller blames his mom for a costly baggage surprise. Is one gun enough for an Alaska-bound man? Toy cameras contain contraband, but the smugglers may be waiting to see what develops.

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Episode 22

The US might be the real destination of a nervous Mexican traveller; a giant x-ray machine finds an odd shape in a shipping container; a at the Mail Centre, a strange declaration leads to contraband.

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Episode 23

A tattoo artist brings his machines on vacation; road rage leads to a cold welcome home; and officers search a camera for banned images, but find something else.

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Episode 24

A traveler swallows an unknown substance. A Thai holiday guide offers more than holiday advice. Photo gear could spoil a snowboarder's birthday. The past catches up with a Jersey boy.

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Episode 26

Episode Description

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Episode 1

An untruthful traveler is missing two bags; a favor may land an American in hot water; mail center officers uncover a narcotic scheme; a traveler's visa is revealing; a student learns a lesson; a producer's luggage could be showstopper.

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Episode 2

An American jumps the gun when he goes on a day-trip; A baggage search takes a cheesy turn; Erratic behavior from an American traveler draws attention; A frequent visitor from Italy is pulled aside for inspection.

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Episode 3

Two long boarders can't skate over their border exam; A traveler's phony story is exposed; A sailor's got more than pennies in his pockets; A rocker's lifestyle drums up some crucial questions.

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Episode 4

Honesty is the best policy, even for ex-cons; A student gets the dish on declaring items properly; An American couple moving to Alaska have their trailer searched.

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Episode 5

Airport officers let the khat out of the bag; A repeat offender must prove he's learned his lesson; Messages on a traveler's phone raise suspicion.

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Episode 6

A traveler has suitcases full of surprises; A Canadian couple returns home with a trophy; two Americans tow their friend's boat to Alaska.

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Episode 7

A bulk freighter is searched for contraband; Some large mail shipments are inspected further; Two Mexican brothers on vacation are interviewed before entry.

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Episode 8

Officers question a nervous traveler; A trampoline installer hopes to avoid the bounce around; Travelers from Hungary have some undeclared companions.

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Episode 9

A chef with limited funds and no return ticket; Wrong serial numbers in a gun shipment; A travel agent's last-minute booking raises red flags; A boat owner fails to report to CBSA.

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Episode 10

A shipment of live cargo is inspected; Officers get the dope on a traveler's rap sheet; A passenger is unsure of his luggage contents.

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Episode 11

Suspicious x-rays; An MMA fighter's story; An RV owner is quick on the draw when asked about firearms; A cross-border car sale.

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Episode 12

A businesswoman's personal items raise suspicions; A cargo ship's crewman is caught concealing items; A puppeteer couple's camper is searched;

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Episode 13

A Canadian's $40 declaration raises red flags; Officers deal with returning party-goers; An American traveler learns the hard way that honesty is the best policy; Officers take a closer look at a magazine from China.

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Episode 14

An American teacher on a fishing trip; A furry, undeclared companion creates problems; Some baked treats lands an American in hot water.

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Episode 15

Undeclared food leads to further investigation; An American rig is selected for inspection; A Filipino traveler arrives for a lengthy visit.

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Episode 16

Officers greet a visitor arriving from Mexico; A Canadian returns from partying in Panama; Inspection of a mail package leads to a grim discovery; Two American bow hunters arrive in Ontario.

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Episode 17

An American passing though Canada is apprehended; Importing a motorcycle bought in the United States; A Canadian returning from the UK has misplaced his luggage.

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Episode 18

Officers flag an outbound shipping container headed for Asia; Tunisian national returns after visiting family in Africa; A Trio of Americans arrive for a family visit.

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Episode 19

In Vancouver, a traveller returns from a romantic rendezvous with a surprise in her luggage. In Toronto, a pleading Canadian's got shisha and more to answer for.

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Episode 20

In Toronto, a student is failing his customs exam. At air cargo, officers prevent an artifact from going down in history. A checkered past may interfere with an American’s love connection.

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Episode 21

The Halifax canine unit brings home the bacon. An American discovers she’s got a friend in high places. Vancouver mail officers suspect juice pouches pack more than punch. A U.S. roadie has trouble producing work papers. A traveler previously caught working illegally in Canada returns.

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Episode 22

The US might be the real destination of a nervous Mexican traveller; a giant x-ray machine finds an odd shape in a shipping container; a at the Mail Centre, a strange declaration leads to contraband.

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Episode 23

A tattoo artist brings his machines on vacation; road rage leads to a cold welcome home; and officers search a camera for banned images, but find something else.

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Episode 27

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Episode 1

Packaged sweets leave a sour taste at JFK Airport. A Dutch traveler may be making hay of his trip stateside. It’s a case of mistaken identity for one traveler in Washington State. Mail centre officers uncover some monkey business. Party girls have their plans deflated.

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Episode 2

A traveler claims he’s flown in for a wedding, but officers don’t believe his vows. In Detroit, an unconventional Canadian is fuming in secondary. Clearance for a package from China isn’t going swimmingly. In Washington, a family afternoon in the park ends in secondary.

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Episode 3

A tense traveler returns from a short trip to Colombia with an unusual amount of luggage. In Detroit, a pregnant passenger can’t deliver her due date. At JFK Airport, cargo officers are reading into the leaves. A package from India is stopped at the door. A Nexus holder’s good deed in Washington state gets him pulled in for questioning.

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Episode 4

Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge officers make an auto theft arrest. Vials turn up by the dozen at the JFK Mail Facility. An American is carrying some cold-blooded companions in his backseat at the Detroit-Windsor tunnel. In New York, a traveler is showing signs of possible smuggling. A family reunites at Detroit Metro Airport.

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Episode 5

JFK Airport officers are on high alert for drugs concealed in backpacks. In Washington state, red flags arise when a driver shows up with someone else’s vehicle. A wrong turn at the tunnel leads to trouble for a Detroit citizen. A young traveler looking for the American Experience gets one in secondary.

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Episode 6

In Michigan, the canine unit uncovers double trouble. Bloodstained baggage is found at Detroit Metro Airport. In New York, an air passenger is shaking in secondary. On the West Coast, officers suspect a Canadian citizen is hiding his California love. A package concealed in carbon paper doesn’t go unnoticed.

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Episode 7

In New York, a traveller carries a questionable past on his back. Contraband arrives at the mail facility by the bushel. Airside at JFK Airport, officers rush to inspect some high-maintenance passengers. A mother and son are suspected of money structuring in Detroit. Officers pull no punches at the Ambassador Bridge. A pair of hockey fans is returned for misconduct. A fugitive shows up at the Peace Arch crossing.

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Episode 8

An inside smuggling job is suspected at JFK Airport. Food couriers could be carriers. In Detroit, a wrong turn separates some buds. At the Peace Arch in Washington, two German tourists have a lot on their plates. A baggage exam turns sour at Detroit Metro. Mail officers cut to the chase.

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Episode 9

An officer peels back a resistant traveller’s luggage. There are no mistaken identities in the JFK Mail Facility. In Detroit, an impatient shopper makes a date with destiny. A frequent visitor of drug source countries is questioned in New York. A Canadian cowboy may be a mule.

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Episode 10

A bus passenger presents curious concoctions at JFK Airport. A Chicago canine sniffs out a stash of cash. A Canadian vehicle may be far too seedy to enter Detroit. In Washington State, officers discover an American’s alter ego. Officers rake through suspicious henna leaves in New York.

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Episode 11

Chicago airport officers discover some bad medicine. At the JFK Mail Facility officers crack into a rotten egg boiler. In Blaine, three unprepared Canadian hikers are spinning their borrowed wheels. A Canadian architect has CBP wondering if his story is sketchy in Port Huron, Michigan.

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Episode 12

At O’Hare International, a returning American’s bananas cause a slip-up in secondary. A mother covers for her kid at Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge. A car search is brought to a head in Washington State. In Chicago, air cargo officers discover a surprise inside packaged food from China. A flashy handbag requires a second look at JFK Airport.

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Episode 13

Outbound officers search for a fugitive in Washington State. A Vegas-bound Dutch cook is grilled in secondary at Detroit Metro Airport. A CBP canine sends several packages to the doghouse at the Chicago Mail Facility. X-rays reveal a concerning cargo anomaly in Port Huron. A young traveller protests a baggage exam at JFK Airport.

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Episode 14

JFK Airport officers’ expertise in telltale body language pays off. In Detroit, a German rock band rolls straight into secondary. A returning American is cuffed at the Peace Arch crossing in Washington. A CBP Agricultural Specialist checks out a package with a terse warning. At the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, a hole is discovered in one traveller’s story. Port Huron officers are given the puppy eyes.

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Episode 15

At Detroit Metro Airport, a traveller minding manners may need to mind his story instead. The Chicago canine unit knows smugglers don’t play games. In Port Huron, officers are on a high-speed chase after a vehicle skips secondary. A traveller coming from Canada triggers radiation alarms. A bounty of bullets shows up in Blaine, Washington.

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Episode 16

In Buffalo, officers suspect a fertilizer salesman may be cultivating a lie. A Canadian crosses the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit by mistake, and her bag of medicinal marijuana may cost her. An outbound traveller has a fluctuating cash declaration at O’Hare Airport. Chicago Mail Center Officers find more than Monopoly money inside packaged board games. In Port Huron, a routine check on a traveller comes back as armed and dangerous.

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Episode 17

In New York City, a laptop belonging to a Caribbean traveller does not compute. A young Brit arrives at Detroit Metro Airport to visit an American cyber pal. At Buffalo Peace Bridge Crossing, a Canadian resident gets testy on his way to purchase motorcycle parts. A Chinese traveller is caught using his cellphone in secondary at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. At the Pacific Highway Border Crossing, a Mexico-bound Canadian has taken steps to avoid a messy situation.

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Episode 18

In Port Huron, a strong odour leads to secondary for two Americans. An officer discovers gold at Chicago O’Hare Airport. Travellers follow the letter of the law when questioned in Blaine. An inflatable kiddie pool isn’t holding water. A mistake on an African student’s visa may get him expelled. A private jet is set for inspection.

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Episode 19

At JFK, officers aren’t counting on a couple’s fluctuating currency declaration. A wandering traveller’s pot pipe is discovered in Blaine. CBP officers question a Mexican national with odd travel plans. In Port Huron, a traveller’s past may come back to haunt him. A father and his kids are thirsty for some American pop culture. It’s the second time in secondary for two Florida-bound Canadians.

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Episode 20

An officer suspects a US resident returning from the Caribbean may be hiding something. Two construction workers were out to lunch when they wound up at the border by mistake. A Canadian has to deliver the truth before visiting his pregnant wife and child in the States. A bounty of bogus bills is discovered at Detroit Metro Airport. Two sassy seniors have Georgia on their minds. At the JFK Mail Facility, a package from Belgium is turning heads.

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Episode 21

At Detroit Metro Airport, a pregnant Chinese national has CBP asking questions. An airline security breach on the tarmac leads officers to a jet bound for Haiti. After splitting with her American husband, a Ukrainian traveller may have to split with her green card. A package containing suspected narcotics is sent to the Lab for testing. In Port Huron, a traveller’s criminal past could cause problems. A parolee gets pulled into secondary.

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Episode 22

In Blaine, a Canadian is interviewed under oath after CBP discovers pictures of pot plants on his phone. Without the proper paperwork, it could be curtains for a Venezuelan conductor. In Buffalo, CBP officers inspect a big rig for hidden contraband. At the mail facility in Chicago, officers collect copious amounts of counterfeit goods. A couple is pulled in for a pat down after a canine team detects the scent of marijuana. An officer questions a Sudanese born American who has returned after three months in Africa.