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Tools You Can Use for Narcotics Detection

Tools You Can Use for Narcotics Detection

Thanks to high technology, narcotics detection, as well as detecting other illegal substances and contraband items, have never been easier. Nor have they been more effective because of the enhanced narcotics detection tools.

The United States unofficially initiated the war against illegal substances in the 1920s, starting with a prohibition on alcohol. But as decades progressed, US law enforcement agencies have continued this fight, not only against alcohol but other illegal drugs and narcotics (such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana) discouraging the transport, sale and consumption of these illegal substances.

The Canadian and Mexican borders near the United States are in the foreground on the war against drugs. If you travel in and out of the US in particular, you may have observed the US Customs and Border Protection patrolling the border, inspecting each and every vehicle that passes by the area. Often, you can see K-9 units handled by these agents that are on the job. These dogs are trained to sniff and detect narcotics, firearms, alcoholic beverages and other contraband items. Many law enforcement agencies across the country also have exceptionally-trained K-9 units for narcotics and contraband detection. But in the absence of these trained dogs, high-tech and sophisticated detection tools are also widely used.

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) has been the leading name when it comes to contraband detection equipment. For over 30 years, the company has been manufacturing such tools and equipment that US customs officers and law enforcement agencies trust and use.

Among CSECO’s line of contraband items, the Buster K910B Density Meter, aka “Buster” is probably the company’s most renowned invention. The Buster contraband detector uses a low intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector that quickly scans concealed pieces through a variety of materials and identifies hidden contraband items including illegal substances like narcotics that are being transported.

Even with the presence of K-9 units, the Buster makes the work easier for the US customs and law enforcement agencies. When the K-9 units have indicated the presence of a contraband item or an illegal substance, US Customs and Border Protection agents are able to search through various kinds of surfaces that include wood, metal, plastic, leather, fabric, and others quickly and accurately produce results by using the Buster. No wonder it’s the most preferred contraband detection equipment by US CBP agents and other law enforcement organizations.

Another of CSECO’s popular contraband detection equipment is the CT-PTK Personal Tool Kit. This handy tool kit was designed in partnership with US Customs and Border Protection counselors. It houses the tools that narcotics interdiction officers need to inspect, probe or open suspicious packages or cargo. The tools in this kit consist of a large diameter inspection probe with “T” handle and 8-inch extension, a small diameter inspection probe, and a multi-purpose handheld utility tool with several various drivers. It also has small knives and pliers, and a small LED MagLite flashlight, all encased in a protective nylon case. This is a must-have tool for every law enforcement agency that is searching for narcotics and any contraband items.

CSECO’s newest addition to its line of renowned contraband detection equipment is the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope Inspection System. It is the safest videoscope available on the market today. The most prominent feature of this one-piece visual inspection device is its large, multi-dimensional, high resolution color LCD display. It is equipped with a push-button dimming and 3.5x digital zoom. This large display lets the user more clearly view into the suspect area, while retaining much of the visibility to its surroundings. Users won’t experience eye fatigue when using the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope because of its large screen, compared with using fiberscopes with eye-pieces and smaller screens. The result is longer, more accurate, more detailed and definitely much safer visual inspections.

If your law enforcement agency is looking for narcotics detection equipment you can depend on, call 510-864-8010 or send an email to

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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