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Campbell-Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO), maker of the Buster Density Meter, is fully aware of the difficulty and potential danger of the job of being interdiction officers. We know and understand that the job of tracking down and seizing hidden narcotics, drugs (illegal or legally prescribed) and other types of contraband is a tough and often delicate mission. So we have been constantly looking ways and using the latest technology to come up with tools that many law enforcement agencies can trust and use in their everyday duties.

Law enforcement agencies around the country, and in many parts of the world, need tools that use the latest technology. They also need tools that are user-friendly. They need tools that are also durable under any conditions, perform fast, can provide relevant and accurate results, are easy to handle and are safe as well. Fortunately in this day and age, officers can have access to these tools they can put their trust on. One such contraband detection tool is the world-renowned Buster K910B Density Meter from CSECO, which will help them to positively locate the presence of a hidden contraband.

CSECO’s president Tony Harris stated, “In the early 1980s, there wasn’t much technology to help the Border Patrol to determine if someone was smuggling something inside a vehicle.” He further went on to say that officers 30 years ago or so used whatever available for them: hands, rudimentary tools, and obviously, their hunch. These were the things that those officers could only rely on in trying to find the contraband in question — and detecting contraband successfully was more of by chance. However, most of the time, the hidden smuggled items went undetected.

That’s why one day the federal government approached Patrick J. Campbell, the founder of CSECO, to develop and design a new device to help them locate the presence of contraband — accurately and positively. Campbell agreed to come up with a new detection tool if only he could work with the end users — agents from the Customs and Border Protection. He worked closely with the CBP officers and eventually came up with CSECO’s first product — the Buster K910B. It used a back-scatter technology to aid users the presence of a hidden item.

With the advancement of technology, interdiction officers and agents don’t have to search for contraband with great difficulty as well as to second-guess where these items are concealed. The Buster uses the most advanced and sophisticated technology which enables users to scan and detect hidden contraband — quickly, effectively, and accurately!

The Buster gives off a low-intensity gamma radiation that is used to measure the density of an item that can be possibly hidden underneath. When the Buster finally reads a remarkable and unusual change in density, it gives off an audible alert or visual alarm. Since most items have different densities, these alerts will allow agents to notice remarkable changes in density very quickly, which could indicate the presence of a hidden contraband. This sophisticated technology of the Buster enables officers to scan on any type of material — be it wood, metal, reinforced plastic, rubber, concrete — without damaging it.

Officers in ports, borders and airports around the country have been seen using the Buster, like the US Customs and Border Protection agents. Their job is to determine whether or not narcotics, illegal drugs, stolen currency, jewelry and/or gold, hidden goods (foodstuffs, cigarettes, and liquor), weapons and explosives are hidden in vehicles, bags, containers, etc. It may not be important where these are; the most important for these officers is to know that they trust and use their tools which they use to positively and effectively alert them to the existence of hidden drugs, etc. and other smuggled items.

The Buster is also equipped with the newest technology, the RAD-Aware. This enables first responders to form a safety zone away for the civilians in case of a dirty-bomb detonation or any other radioactive leaks.

With its capabilities of detecting several and endless types of contraband, scanning on any type of material and detecting the presence of the dangerous radiation as well as safety, why would anyone would settle less than the Buster? The Buster K910B is not only one of the most trusted, but also one of the most recommended density meters by law enforcement officers in the US and around the world.

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Do you wonder how K-9 units and CSECO equipment can be used together for narcotics detection? If you travel often and happen to cross the United States border into Canada or Mexico, chances are you’ve seen agents from the US Customs and Border Protection inspecting vehicles with their drug-sniffing K-9 units. The trained contraband detection dogs and their handlers are the first line in narcotics detection. They work effectively to locate the presence of narcotics and illegal substances as well as stolen cash, firearms, alcoholic beverages, explosives, and any other contraband items hidden behind various surfaces.

Local, state, and county police agencies in the United States use trained K-9 dogs as part of their law enforcement team. While these dogs serve several purposes (including locating crime evidence, sniffing for possible bombs, arson detection etc.), most trained canines are used for narcotics detection. These dogs make up a successful detection unit.

But what if there’s not a trained drug-sniffing dog not available? What do these law enforcement agencies use in the absence of a trained canine?

Fortunately, Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Co. (CSECO) is around to supply the needs of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents as well as interdiction officers across the country. The company’s founder, Patrick J. Campbell, collaborated closely with CBP agents who asked him to come up with an effective contraband detection tool. The company developed its most renowned product the Buster K-910B Density Meter, with the end users — that is the CBP agents, interdiction officers and law enforcement agencies — in mind.

Interdiction officers, customs and borders agents and other police agencies concerned with keeping narcotics and illegal substances off the streets will appreciate the unique and helpful features of the Buster K-910B Density Meter, or simply called the “Buster.” The Buster, with its low intensity radiation emitter and scintillation detector, is used to scan vehicles and buildings for hidden contraband once a K-9 unit has indicated the presence of narcotics. The low intensity gamma radiation makes it safe for use by humans and around trained canines.

Another popular CSECO product is the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope Inspection System. Consider a trained K-9 that has indicated the presence of narcotics near the fuel tank of a vehicle. The K-9 obviously cannot go into the fuel tank to confirm the narcotics are there. A trained interdiction officer can use the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope by placing the 2-way articulating videoscope probe into the fuel tank and confirm the presence of narcotics by viewing the 5 inch LCD VGA display. The Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope is the only scope certified safe for use in hazardous locations (such as a fuel tank) by Underwriters Laboratory.

Sure, a narcotics-sniffing dog would be a great addition to every law enforcement agency. However, handlers train a dog for a certain period to be able to effectively locate the presence of narcotics, illegal drugs, and other contraband. The selection process isn’t only limited to canines but also to handlers themselves, who must be willing and effective in training the dog if it is to be a success. Plus, it is costly to maintain a canine, who must submit to routine and repeated commands during training. However, all the hard work is worth it when the dog is able to deliver and does its job well. CSECO’s products can in no way replace the K-9 units and don’t assume that they should. However, if trained dogs aren’t available, CSECO’s products prove to be an effective and competent alternative for narcotics detection.

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.