Is Narcotics Detection Equipment Accurate?

When border patrol agents and law enforcement officers are using narcotics detection equipment, it is very important to know whether or not the equipment being used is accurate. If the results are suspect, then the determination of the presence of narcotics is also suspect. This could delay legal proceedings against those who are being charged with transporting narcotics or other contraband.

The high instances of drug use as well as drug smuggling make the use of narcotics detection equipment necessary. There are machines and techniques available on the market now that can find amazingly tiny bits of drug residue, and this equipment is now small enough to be portable. It is available commercially to most institutions and organizations at affordable prices and many of them are very reliable.

Drug detection can be bulk or trace detectors. Bulk detectors will find stashes of illegal substances while trace detectors can show when items have been handled by people who have also handled drugs. Tiny bits or even fumes can be detected with the right equipment. These detections can help agents and officers to know when there should be a closer inspection.

Narcotics detection equipment works by scanning for density, such as with the Buster K910B Density Meter by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO). It can also include allowing visibility like with the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, also by CSECO, or by allowing probing of materials with a resulting sample extracted for examination, such as with CSECO's probe kits. Used separately, these tools allow for an increase in the detection of narcotics, but used together, they make an unbeatable team.

Since law enforcement officers and US Customs and Border Patrol agents are well versed in the standard density of both common items and contraband, the Buster density meter gives them a first heads-up that there may be something hidden in a smuggler's vehicle, luggage, or other location. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope can then be employed for a closer look, as it includes an articulated fiberscope with a built-in LED light and a camera that can capture both video and still photos. If the videoscope is unable to penetrate to the suspicious area, a metal probe with grooves can be inserted to extract a sample which can then be tested for positive identification, whether it is a legal substance or not.

When agents or officers are using these narcotics detection tools separately, they are already extremely accurate. However, when officers and agents use them in conjunction with one another, the accuracy is boosted until there is little or no chance of an inaccurate reading.

There are many choices when it comes to narcotics detection equipment and some of it is less accurate. If accuracy is important, choose narcotics detection equipment from CSECO and inaccuracy is not something about which you will need to worry.

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Tony Harris, President and CEO, and Pat Campbell, founder, of CSECO explain about the Buster density meter and other contraband detectors.

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