The IMO of Mato Grosso Sings the Praises of CSECO's CT-30 Contraband Detection Team KitThe Integrated Management Office (IMO) of the State of Mato Grosso, the largest state in the country of Bolivia, recently tested the CSECO Contraband Detection Test Kit. They used the CT-30 Kit from April 16 to May 27 and had the following comments. All comments in parenthesis are taken directly from their official report.

The CSECO Buster is “very useful for inspections which require speed without room for error in a maximum of five minutes for the parts of the vehicle to be inspected, without having to disassemble anything in places where materials of contraband are found.” Contraband could be money, electronic equipment, weapons or illicit materials. They went on to explain that the Buster could be used at night due to the reflector light that is built into the display which makes it possible for the user to clearly see their results.

The report also stated that the Buster was easy to use and that “anyone with minimal instruction is capable of utilizing the Buster.” They also liked how robust the instrument was in case it was accidentally dropped, but since the Buster includes a strap which users can wrap around their wrist, there was no reason for the equipment to be dropped.

The CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit also includes the FV-Series Fiberscope. The report went on to say that when the Buster was not applicable, they used the fiberscope which is a “long range instrument used when we need to inspect small entrance holes in order to find something hidden, for example: vehicle air conditioners, internal door parts of vehicles and even the fuel tank.” Since the cable is coated with a resistant material, combustible fuels like gasoline, ethanol or diesel do not damage it. The fiberscope made it possible for those testing the contraband detection equipment to inspect all of these places because the fiber optic lights.

Other aspects of the fiberscope the IMO found helpful was the articulated movement of the tip which enabled them to search deeper into the air conditioning ducts of vehicles. They felt this helped reduce the amount of certain types of contraband smuggling down to zero. Along with the articulated tip, they tested the optional photographic camera which allowed them to take photographs periodically during the inspection, giving them photographic proof along with a way to digitally store the evidence.

The Leica Laser Range Meter was used to compare internal and external measurements of truck beds. When they noticed any discrepancies, they were able to do further inspections to determine if false bottoms or fake walls were holding contraband. They noted, “Even in places with low light, or at night, it proved to be efficient because of the illuminated viewfinder, facilitating the inspection and decreasing the changes of an inefficient inspection.”

Although similar tools are already in use by their state police, they found the CSECO PN – Series Inspection Probe Kit  to “greatly facilitate heavy load inspections since the tip has a beveled orifice which collects the product that is being loaded.”

The extension provided with the kit allows officers to reach at least 1.5 meters further, enabling them to penetrate the bottom of a load of food to see if other items are underneath. With the orifice, it also allows the officer to more easily identify any other materials that are transported with the food.

The CT-30 kit also includes smaller inspection tools, about the size of a pencil that can be carried by police offers and used to inspect smaller cargo. Other tools include a pair of pliers, hacksaw, scissors, Philip’s screwdriver, a can opener and mini flashlight. This small tool kit is easily portable, able to hang from the police officer’s belt, which will provide the tools needed if it is necessary to disassemble equipment.

An extension mirror is also included in the CSECO CT-30 Kit. Their police force already uses a similar tool, but the CT-30 Kit extension mirror includes a flashlight that is attached to its base.  They noted this tool is “ideal for performing inspections on top of a tall car and also at the bottom of vehicles.” The mirror also can be extended to 1.5 meters.

After testing the CSECO CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, the IMO concluded, “This kit can be very useful for the conducting of day-to-day police raids, which require agility and precision with no margin for errors. It would be very interesting if we had our border operations equipped with this type of kit because the amount of contraband seized would really increase. We would consequently also catch new traffickers and smugglers trying to infiltrate the country with these types of materials.”

The report concluded by saying “… every day that passes, we encounter more and more unusual situations with traffickers that are hiding drugs, weapons, money and contraband in the most difficult places to imagine. We cannot keep an edge or stay ahead of their creativity without investing in new technologies that will combat them effectively.”

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