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Contraband Highway

An armed Border Patrol agent scans the Rio Grande, the river separating Texas and Mexico, as a fellow agent drives the patrol boat.

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At the border checkpoint in Hidalgo, Texas, a seemingly ordinary car is found to have firearms and ammunition hidden in its console and under its bumpers. Members of BORTAC, the tactical unit that identifies smuggling routes, discover what could be a remote transfer point for illicit goods. Further surveillance supports their theory, and the team hopes to close in on an active operation - if they can avoid detection by cartel scouts.