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Smugglers often hide contraband in places where they think it would not be easily detected by agents. However, Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) manufactures the finest density meter and contraband detection equipment that many government agencies in the US use, recommend and trust. CSECO’s line of contraband detection tools has been praised for their performance in scanning and locating hidden contraband even in places that are previously thought to be inaccessible.

CSECO’s latest pride is the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, which the many law enforcement agencies use to inspect different kinds of materials, vehicles and containers and confiscate countless amounts of contraband every year.

To begin with, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is a visual detector which comes in a one-piece unit, which means it doesn’t need any cumbersome attachments like cables. It enables many government agencies to do a fuss-free, convenient and effective search for hidden contraband.

It is not unusual for smugglers to try to conceal contraband such as narcotics, drugs and currency in spare tires or even inside a vehicle’s gas tank. They think that hiding them in these locations will diminish the chances of being easily scanned and detected.

But with the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, it allows law enforcement agencies to view a full 360-degree while inside a door, a fuel tank, or behind a vehicle’s car seats. Like most leading fiberscopes on the market, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has similar features such as the 2m x 6mm thin shaft which is protected a tungsten coating. The shaft is so thin that it can be inserted into usually narrow and unreachable areas such gas tanks, spaces between walls, behind dashboards and vehicle doors. The Videoscope also has 2-way articulation and a high-intensity built-in LED lighting that allows for inspections even in the darkest areas.

Since it is a visual inspection tool, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has the largest monitor among all the other leading fiberscopes and videoscopes in the market. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope boasts a 5-inch high-resolution color LCD display with a push-button dimming and digital zoom for better viewing of the areas being inspected by the tungsten-covered shaft.

This amazing tool enables officers to inspect a variety of materials without having the need to externally damage them. When the videoscope positively detects contraband, then it’s the time that the material should be torn apart in order to confiscate the suspicious item.

However, the most important feature of the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope the safety. Underwriters Laboratory, the world’s leading authority on product safety, certified the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope as being safe for use even in the hazardous areas such fuel tanks. Until recently no other fiberscope or videoscope had this designation, a fact that law enforcement agents should be confident about and CSECO is quite proud of.

Several US government law enforcement agencies have been using the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope. Because of the many videoscopes used across the country, more illegal narcotics and other contraband are confiscated and kept off the streets.

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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.

Tony Harris Takes Seat on Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors

Tony Harris, President and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO), was asked to take a position on the Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. designs and manufactures alternative fuel components and systems. Its corporate office is in New York, New York. Harris replaced William J Young on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He began his tenure on the board of directors on December 31, 2013.

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.’s Chairman and CEO Mariano Costamagna said Harris was chosen because of his experience and having proven himself in numerous businesses. “Tony’s success as a senior executive in operations, marketing, and business acquisition at both corporate and entrepreneurial companies will serve Fuel Systems Solutions well." Costamagna continued by explaining that Harris also had experience with strategy formation, leadership development, performance and management compensation which will prove valuable to the company’s shareholders. “The board joins me in welcoming him to Fuel Systems."

Tony Harris is a 1975 graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business (1979). He recently stated, “Now is a very exciting and important time in the development of the global market for gaseous fuel powered automotive and industrial engines." He continued by saying that he looks forward to working with the other board of director members as well as helping them ‘drive the company toward future success.”

Harris took over as President and CEO at CSECO in 2006. The company manufactures contraband detection equipment including the Buster contraband detector, or Buster K910B Density Meter as it’s officially named. This piece of equipment, along with the FV Series Fiberscope and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit, is used to detect narcotics, ‘dirty bombs’ or other explosives and contraband. Organizations using the contraband detection equipment manufactured by CSECO include the US State Department, US Customs and Border Protection, state and local law enforcement agencies and similar agencies in foreign countries.

Some of the positions that Harris has held that have prepared him for this Board of Directors position include:

  • Calpine Corporation vice president where he was involved in brand management, marketing strategy development and new product development
  • PG and E Energy Services National Account Services and Western Regional Sales vice president
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a variety of roles including Director of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Standard Pacific Gas Line Inc. president
  • Ford Motor Company Production Supervisor
  • Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation Program Manager
  • StyleChoice.com president which was an entrepreneurial start-up venture in Silicon Valley
  • Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury president and CEO

Harris’ alma mater, Purdue University, has also recognized his commitment to excellence. In 1999 they named him the Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and in 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

He founded the National Society of Black Engineers while a student at Purdue; Harris remains active on the organization’s National Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors for the SF Jazz Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank advisory board. He was recently tapped to take a position on the Office of Global Affairs Strategy Advisory Board for Purdue University.

Narcotics Detection – Tools to Use If You Don't Have a Canine

If you travel very often, particularly if crossing the US border into Canada or Mexico, you may have noticed United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents moving between the different vehicles. They will be leading their contraband narcotics detection-trained dog. The agent and his dog are often the first-line of defense in locating illegal substances like heroin, ecstacy, crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana. These dogs can also be trained to locate firearms, fireworks or alcoholic beverages. Many law enforcement agencies also use K-9 units for narcotics detection, but what alternatives are available for agencies that do not have a K-9 unit?

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company, also known as CSECO, manufactures a variety of contraband detectors and has since the middle of the 1980s. Nothing will replace a highly trained canine and their handler, but the Buster and other contraband detectors manufactured by CSECO can be used to achieve similar results if the law enforcement agents do not have a K-9 available.

CSECO’s first contraband detector was the Buster K910B density meter. Patrick J. Campbell, founder of CSECO, was asked by the US government to design a contraband detector that would be able to detect contraband through more than one type of surface at a time. With the help of CBP agents who would be using the new tool in the field, CSECO was able to manufacture a tool that quickly alerted agents to contraband including narcotics, currency and other types of contraband. What made the Buster unique was the use of back-scatter technology to detect anomalies quickly.

The Buster contraband detector uses low-intensity gamma radiation. This technology is entirely safe for canines and humans and works by measuring the density of an object. When the Buster is used, and it detects a discrepancy in the object, by either being too low or too high, an alert is given to indicate the discrepancy. The agent or officer knows to inspect this area more closely because chances are contraband is present. The Buster provides both an audible alert as well as a visual alert on its hand-held display.

Anyone driving a vehicle that has produced a ‘hit’ or alert will be moved to secondary inspection. The agent will perform an in-depth scan with the Buster K910B but may also turn to the FV Series Fiberscope, also manufactured by CSECO, which permits agents to inspect areas of a vehicle not normally accessed without dismantling the vehicle. The Fiberscope is made with 16,000 fiber optic strands which produce high-intensity lights that make even the darkest recesses bright. The strands are wrapped with tungsten which enables it to be used inside fuel tanks filled with diesel or gasoline. Since would-be smugglers like to hide objects in the fuel tank, Fiberscope makes it much easier to see what is hidden and then removed by draining the tank to gain access to the packages.

Other areas used to hide contraband are behind the display panels of the vehicle, inside the doors or seats of the vehicle. The Fiberscope, with its two-way articulation and lights, enables agents to see inside these areas with its ocular unit. By adding the optional video display, agents can record their inspection or allow others to see the inspection in real-time.

CSECO understands the CSECO Buster K910B or FV Series Fiberscope will not replace the trained canine and its handler along the borders of the US. Nor would they assume their tools should replace them. However, it is great to have optional technology like the Buster and FV Series Fiberscope to complement these units that work so hard to keep drugs off the streets. They are also an awesome choice for those who fight to remove drugs without the K-9 unit available.

That motivating and progressive event when countries come together in the name of sport and healthy competition is just around the corner. It is an inspiring time when the athletes become global icons and national heroes. I’m not talking about the 2012 Olympics in London, what I’m talking about is the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the preparation measures involved in putting together such a grand and globally spectated event. Preparations began at the moment FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced Brazil will get the “responsibility, not only the right” to host the 2014 World Cup.

The FIFA President emphasized the host country’s responsibility because of the major implications that come with putting together such a global event. Every acute detail and situation must be attended to in order to ensure a smooth, enjoyable, and safe event. A major part of Brazil’s preparations is its investment and implementation of new security measures that involve the use of advanced technology. Take a look at a previous article on this blog to read about some of the interesting devices Brazil has implemented with their near $10 billion budget, surpassing South Africa’s 2010 World Cup budget by 120%. The host country has expressed their stance on not being defensive but proactive when it comes to security measures during the world cup festivities. As a result many Brazilian agencies have taken a huge interest in state of the art interdiction equipment such as the tools and devices offered by CSECO.

Federal Police started testing the CT-30 Contraband Detection Kit, including the Buster Contraband Detector,  several weeks ago and have had much success during the testing phase. They recently made their biggest drug bust in 3 years confiscating two tons of contraband in Cesario Lange, SP

Explosives Detection – When Every Second CountsExplosives detection equipment is a necessity in today’s world. It is used to locate explosives so they can be safely disarmed and properly disposed. This will prevent damage to surrounding areas, and prevent death to people who would otherwise have been affected by the explosion.

The Buster K910B Density Meter is the answer to this need. It is the “gold standard” in the world of contraband detectors. Time-tested, the Buster K910B has been proven the safest product for this sort of detection for over thirty years. It is dependable, and has been shown to be effective to protect citizens and their food and property.

The Buster K910B was created by Patrick J. Campbell, the founder of CSECO. He used his own ideas to begin, and then asked end users what would be helpful to them. It was made to easily find all kinds of contraband, including drugs, radioactive material (which could indicate explosives), cash, and other illegal substances. It is able to see through wood, reinforced plastic, and even metal, which allows the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to search without opening or damaging items.

Since it can see through substances, it can scan through walls, and from the outside of vehicles. It scans very quickly, allowing an agent to scan an average size room in only ten minutes, and most vehicles in five minutes.

If the scanner finds explosives, the proper emergency personnel can then be contacted, allowing the bomb to be disarmed, and making proper disposal possible.

The Buster K910B Density Meter includes Rad-Aware® radiation detection. This allows detection of radioactive materials, such as is often used in bombs, but also allows the machine to be used to help set up a safe perimeter outside the radioactive area, in the event of a bomb’s detonation.

When we watch action movies, or many television shows, we see a hero find a bomb and miraculously disarm it as the clock hits mere seconds remaining. Since real life does not always work the same way, explosives detection equipment is needed to help our heroes with this task, and the best one available is the Buster K910B Density Meter.

Recently Damaune Journey, CSECO’s Director, International Sales & Marketing, traveled to a former Soviet Union country to provide training for Customs Authority personnel. During the trip, Journey trained these individuals on how to use the CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, Buster K910B and the FV-Series Fiberscope.

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Damaune Journey, CSECO’s Director of International Sales & Marketing, recently conducted training on the Buster, CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit and FV-Series Fiberscopes for Customs Authority personnel.

Each day of the trip we visited the border crossing with Russia. The Customs Authority personnel use CSECO contraband detection equipment including the Buster and FV-Series Fiberscope. One day at the border Customs Authority officers were able to locate two vehicles carrying loosely packed illegal Russian cigarettes in hollow compartments in their bumpers.

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This photo (left) shows the hidden compartments where illegal Russian cigarettes were being smuggled into a neighboring country. Using the CSECO Buster, the Customs Authority officers were able to find these compartments. The Buster is sensitive enough to locate small and low density items such as cigarettes. Many countries in the former Soviet Union have problems with cigarettes being smuggled from one country to another. These photos (center and right) show Customs Authority agents checking tires at the border using the CSECO Buster, the best density meter available for drug interdiction and contraband detection.

According to the officers at the Customs Authority, the training provided the necessary information for “the safe use of the fiberscope probe” as well as the “more efficient use of the Buster.”

Each year CSECO provides training services for our overseas customers at remote locations. Contact us for details and pricing Journey@cseco.com.