Archive for May, 2014

CSECO Contraband Detection Equipment Helps NCIS Special Agents Do Their Job

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) contraband detection equipment is used regularly by United States Naval Officers. These officers are special agents who are assigned to the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) in the Middle East. Special agents are assigned to track and disrupt drug trafficking in the Middle East and east Africa.

One officer joined NCIS in 2008 and was assigned to the Middle East in September 2011 and was made a case agent for an operation that is responsible for successfully disrupting illegal drugs from reaching innocents around the area and around the world. So far, this operation has seized over $80 million in hashish and heroin.

Even though this agent agrees it is not easy to charge and prosecute traffickers, he said there is great value in seizing and destroying the drugs the traffickers are transporting. Not only does it keep the drugs from reaching those who would sell them, it also disrupts their funding.

To locate illegal narcotics, these agents use contraband detection equipment from CSECO, manufacturer of the Buster K910 Contraband Detector which is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ density meter. It uses a low-intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector. It quickly scans ships to locate hidden contraband that the ship may be transporting.

CSECO also manufactures the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System. This is the first videoscope that has been certified by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) as being safe to use in places considered to be hazardous such as in fuel tanks. The Perfect Vision V20 is a one-piece visual inspection device with a large 5-inch LCD VGA display. The unit gathers still images and digital recordings, both of which can be viewed on the display or saved on the unit. It holds up to 8,000 still images or up to 6 hours of video.

At one officer’s suggestion, NCIS special agents began joining coalition force ships as they travel the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. Canadian and Australian naval officials invited NCIS personnel on their ships. Before long, one Royal Canadian Naval ship boarded a dhow that was masquerading as a fishing boat. During this boarding, the officers seized 500 kilograms of heroin.

These agents have seized $80 million worth of illegal drugs like heroin and hashish. One officer stated that it’s gratifying to work with other foreign law enforcement agents. He appreciates being able to help reduce the vast amount of narcotics that are headed to North America and Europe. He said, “It’s great to know that our work can contribute to our national security in so many ways.” CSECO is also gratified to be able to play a part in these agents’ success by supplying the contraband detection equipment they use.