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Narcotics Interdiction Equipment That Fits Your Needs

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) provides narcotics interdiction equipment to local, national, and federal enforcement agencies not just all over the United States, but in many parts of the world as well.

While CSECO offers several contraband detection tools in their lineup, there are two that stand out the most: the Buster K910G Density Meter and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System.

If you are quite familiar with CSECO’s products, you might have heard of the Buster. It is the company’s first and most well-known product, designed and developed by its founder Patrick J. Campbell with the input from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, who also used the prototypes for field-testing before they became finally available for merchandise.

Throughout its existence and after a couple of modifications, the Buster has always used the same technology that has proven to be effective in detecting and locating contraband: the low-intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector, which enables quick, accurate and thorough inspections.

Other contraband detectors that use microwave, millimeter wave, radio wave, or ultraviolet wave technologies have limited scanning/detecting capabilities. The Buster, using the abovementioned technology, has the ability to identify different types of concealed items ranging from narcotics to cash to weapons through various materials like wood, metal, reinforced plastic, even organic matter like dirt and liquids.

No more second-guessing or dismantling of the items being scanned – just hover the Buster over or against the surfaces of the suspected objects. You’ll know that an object is hiding something it when the Buster reads an unusual spike of its density level (take normally hollow object – such as a car tire – which is stuffed with something else for instance) and sends out audible and visual alarms to alert the user about the possible presence of a hidden contraband. Because of the Buster, inspections have been made quicker and more accurate.

Having been developed by no less than the CBP agents gives the Buster another proof of dependability and credibility. Its newest feature, the RAD-Aware, warns the user of the presence of radioactive leaks, prompting the user (first responder) to establish safety boundaries to protect people and animals from the threats of radiation.

The Buster comes as one unit – you may purchase the separate Buster-on-a-Stick, a telescoping extension pole where you can attach the Buster, allowing you to scan areas that are previously unreachable or inaccessible.

The Perfect Vision V20 Inspection System is considered currently one of the best videoscopes on the market – or one of the best visual inspecting tools for that matter.

Unlike other videoscopes or fiberscopes, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has a large, multi-directional LCD color monitor that’s equipped with a push-button dimming and digital zoom (10x to the resolution of other visual inspecting tools) – giving clear and crisp images of the areas you’re inspecting.

The long, thin and flexible shaft can be inserted into areas that are inaccessible. The shaft is also fuel-resistant.

The Perfect Vision V20 videoscope is the first videoscope on the market awarded with the safety certification by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). It doesn’t cause accidental spark or fire even when used in risky areas like fuel tanks.

The Buster density meter and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope are both great separately. But when used together, they can be the most formidable narcotics interdiction equipment to fit the needs of every law enforcement agent.

What Narcotics Detection Equipment Is Available If A Canine Is Not Available?

Many times, the first thing the average person thinks about when narcotics detection comes up is dogs. This is for good reason, as it is true that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and law enforcement use canines for detecting all kinds of contraband, and most movies portray dogs as the primary method of detecting drugs and other illegal substances. These illegal drugs include heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, and ecstasy, but can also include firearms, alcoholic beverages, and even fireworks. However, when the agency’s canine is not available, another method for narcotics detection or to find contraband is needed.

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) are the creators of devices to find contraband since the middle of the 1980s. Though not an improvement for or an equivalent to the K-9 Unit, the CSECO narcotics detection devices are great when used in conjunction with a K-9 unit or if a K-9 is unavailable for use to find contraband.

The original detector for contraband detection made by CSECO was entitled Buster K910B and is a density meter. This device was created with thought of the final consumer. As a matter of fact, many CBP agents collaborated with the founder of CSECO (Patrick J. Campbell) in order to imagine and create the perfect device to notify the agents quickly about abnormalities that could possibly suggest the presence of different contraband. The Buster device utilizes back-scatter technology in order to locate the abnormalities.

Low-intensity gamma radiation, that is harmless to people and dogs in its proximity, takes a measurement of the density of the target of the scan. If the reading is abnormal, it reads too little or too much, the device makes it known. For the majority of the readings, an abnormality means contraband may be present. Upon detection of the abnormality, the Buster device alerts the user via an auditory alarm or a visual warning on the screen.

The suspected object then would be taken to another inspection. This inspection consists of an agent doing a lengthy, thorough search with the Buster K910 and possibly with the CSECO Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, which allows the inspection of parts of the object, or vehicle, that normally would be inaccessible without dismantling the object. For example, one could use the Perfect Visions V20 Videoscope, which is made of fiber optic strands which are in a tungsten matrix as a protection from gas and fuel, and can be inserted into a fuel tank. Once in the fuel tank, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope can detect anything that does not belong in the fuel tank, The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is the only videoscope that has been certified safe for use in these types of circumstances by the Underwriters Laboratory.

While this technology is unlikely to ever be a complete replacement for canine units, they fill in nicely when necessary, and make narcotics detection much simpler than visual examination alone.

Narcotics Detection – CSECO Tools Help Fight the War on Drugs

Illegal drugs, sometimes referred to as “recreational drugs,” are the basis of the widely discussed “war on drugs.” Narcotics detection equipment, especially those that were created and marketed by CSECO, is a primary tool in that war. Tools such as the Buster K910B density meter and Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope are used to detect hidden contraband.

The United States government declared this “war on drugs” – though not by that name, at the time – in the 1920s. Originally, alcohol was the primary target, but as the years have passed, other substances have been added, including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

The “fronts” of this “war on drugs” are primarily the country’s borders. Many of the illegal drugs that are smuggled into the country come through the people traveling into the country. The US Customs and Border Protection agent is on the front lines, armed with dogs and other drug interdiction equipment. The dogs are used for initial detection, which is then verified and discovered with such narcotics detection equipment as the CSECO Buster K910B Density Meter, Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, and the CT-40 Contraband Detection Team Kit.

The tool usually reached for at first one is the density meter or “Buster.” It is known among the narcotics detection field as the “gold standard” of detection equipment, due to its effectiveness for over 30 years in practically every environment possible. Agents from every field of narcotics detection and law enforcement have used the device and found it easy to use and exceptionally dependable.

The CT-40 Kit is also often used by law enforcement and border agents. This kit includes probes made of stainless steel with ridges, which will trap substances when inserted into a variety of materials, including upholstery, dirt, bags, and others. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is also included in the kit. This device has a flexible scope that can be inserted into very small areas to give the agents visibility. It includes fiber optic lights and a video camera, allowing officers to record their findings for use in court or for review. Some of the small spaces for which this device is used include car doors or dashboards, inside doors or walls, in wheel wells, inside fuel tanks, and other hidden spaces. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope offers a 2-Way articulating 2.0m x 6mm videoscope probe, 5 inch (12.7cm) LCD VGA display, and Fuel-proof Tungsten armor resists water, gasoline, diesel, oil. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is the first tool of its kind to becertified safe for use in hazardous locations (fuel tanks) by Underwriters Laboratory.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has decided that the “war on drugs” is a failure, but that does not stop agents of the US Customs and Border Protection and law enforcement from continuing to fight in an effort to stop the flow of illegal drugs. Narcotics detection equipment will continue to be an important tool in this effort.

Choosing the Best Narcotics Detection Tools

It is generally agreed that narcotics and illegal drugs should not be readily available on the streets, and law enforcement agencies use narcotic detection equipment to help achieve this goal. Much of the equipment that is being used by many US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and law enforcement agencies is made by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO). It has been in the business of manufacturing a variety of contraband detection designs for over 30 years.

Their top item, known as the “gold standard” for contraband detection, is the Buster K910B Density Meter. This item, known as the “Buster” for convenience, is often the more in-depth tool chosen when K-9 units detect contraband. The Buster can be used to find items in many different materials, from fabric and wood to metal and many others. It is able to detect drugs, weapons, currency, and other items that do not belong or that are hidden within a vehicle.

One of their newer tools is the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope. Its display is 5 inches and also includes a multi-directional LCD display. The videoscope offers the ability to store video and still images in high-resolution. Its 3.5x digital zoom allows users to zoom in to see areas that are not easily viewable otherwise. Its resolution is ten times that of its competitors. The display can be dimmed at the touch of a button, when necessary. The device will hold up to 8,000 images or up to six hours of video on its SD card. Additionally, it has an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) safety certification for usage in potentially hazardous areas like fuel tanks – both gasoline and diesel.

You may purchase the Buster and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope separately, but the two make a great team and can be purchased together in the CT-40 Contraband Team Detection Kit. The CT-30 Team Detection Kit includes the Buster, an FO-Series Fiberscope, a PN-Series Inspection Probe Kit, Leica Laser Range Meter®, a PM-10 Extension Inspection Mirror with High Intensity Flashlight, and a wheeled carrying case. The CT-40 has been upgraded. It replaces the FO-Series Fiberscope and camera with the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope.

Since many agents work away from the office, it is easier to carry a somewhat smaller kit, and that is why CSECO created the CT-PTK Personal Tool Kit. It consists of grooved metal probes, allowing CBP agents and law enforcement to detect, inside packages or other containers, any contraband. Along with the large and small probes, the kit also includes a utility tool, pliers, knives, and an LED MagLite flashlight (small version) in a nylon carrying case.

While these are not the only tools available for narcotics detection, they are some of the best equipment available. Contact CSECO by calling 510-864-8010 or send an email to info@cseco.com.