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.