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Why is Fiberscope Security Equipment Used for Drug Interdiction?

Fiberscope security equipment refers to a fiber optic tool that is flexible and has a fiber optic light included to allow things to be seen in small areas or areas that are difficult to get to. The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope is one of these, and is included in the CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit. The flexible fiberscope is made up of a bunch of fiber optic fibers, which allow light and visibility. It can be equipped with a digital camera or camcorder, which allows recording of items at the hidden end of the tool. Some areas where this is used include car doors, fuel tanks, behind dashboards, under seats, between walls, and other potentially hidden areas.

The FV Series Fiberscope is all one piece, so there are no parts to lose. The battery is built in and rechargeable, and the LED light is also built in. It features two-way articulation, allowing all directions to be viewed, and can be operated with one hand. Still pictures and video capture are a part of the camera’s functionality and the digital camera that is recommended allows images to be reviewed instantly.

Drug interdiction refers to the process of curtailing the smuggling of controlled substances, and includes detection of contraband, monitoring transports, intercepting deliveries, disrupting transactions, and apprehending the people involved in the illegal activity. One of the primary players in the war on drugs is the U.S. Coast Guard, since they patrol a large proportion of the country’s borders. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol also play a large part, since they handle anything that comes in by air. Federal organizations and regional law enforcement agencies work together with these two to keep as many illegal drugs as possible from entering the United States. In local areas, drug interdiction includes drug busts on street corners to raiding meth labs, to catching contraband at the borders of the city or state. Even private citizens can be helpful in drug interdiction by keeping an eye out and being willing to identify those who are dealing or using illegal narcotics.

Fiberscopes – also known as borescopes or endoscopes – are an important tool when agents are working to find and stop the trafficking of drugs. It allows agents to see into places that would otherwise be impossible. CSECO’s FV Series Fiberscope and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kits are frontrunners of fiberscope security equipment being used in the war on drugs in the United States.

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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.

Fiberscope detection kit with money located

Every police officer dreams of making a difference in the community they serve. On April 14, Hinds County Sheriff’s officers were able to do exactly that. During a routine traffic stop on I-55, the officer noticed here were tool marks around the bolts of the truck bed and fuel tank. The officer was suspicious of the markings but did not have the correct tools that would allow him to properly inspect the vehicle. He remembered, however, that a fellow officer kept a CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit in his vehicle. The Fiberscope enables law enforcement to search tough-to-reach places. The officer knew what he had to do – reach out to his colleague for assistance.

money found with CSECO fiberscope detection kitThe officer soon arrived with the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit. The officers were able to use the fiberscope by inserting it into the vehicle’s fuel tank fill-tube. They were amazed at what they found. Thanks to the fiberscope’s 16,000 glass fiber optic strands and bright LED light, the officers were able to see multiple bundles of US dollars carefully shrink-wrapped and floating in the truck’s fuel tank. The inspection was conducted on the side of the freeway without the need of impounding the vehicle because the FV Series Fiberscope made it possible to clearly identify the contraband via the fiberscope.

The vehicle was then taken to the police station. They removed the truck bed to access the fuel tank. They discovered that nearly 75% of the fuel tank was filled with bundles of smuggled currency. The total of the bundles was $547,620! The officer acknowledges the outcome would have been completely different if they did not have access to the CSECO contraband detection tools, specifically the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope detection kit. They would not have been able to locate the currency and the seizure would not have been possible.

officers with CSECO Fiberscope and money foundThe officer was so enthused with the results; he offered the following unsolicited thoughts.

“The following pictures are of the money seizure Hinds County Deputy made on Interstate 55 in Mississippi on April 14th, 2013. Using the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope, I viewed the tank’s interior and noticed numerous packages of US Currency in heat sealed bags, concealed in the gas tank. Feel free to use them [the photos] for promotional reasons.”

CSECO team members are equally thrilled to read of the officer’s success with the CSECO contraband equipment. “We focus on making inspection equipment like the comprehensive CT30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit which includes the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector and the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit for moments like these,” said CSECO president Tony Harris. “The officer’s job was made easier and American streets made safer by using our equipment and that is our mission.”

The contraband detection equipment CSECO manufactures namely the CT-30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit, the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector, and the CSECO FV-Series Fiberscope Detection Kit are employed by the US government and over 60 foreign governments. They are also the hand-held tools preferred by hundreds of state and local law enforcement agencies for inspecting vehicles, vessels, airplanes, and cargo for smuggled goods.  The Buster® K910B Contraband Detector has been the safest, most reliable such device available for over 30 years. It is characterized by proven performance, along with the other CSECO tools, to limit the flow of illegal narcotics, currency, and explosives into the U.S. and its partners.

As narcotics smugglers find new ways to conceal their contraband in new vehicle models and unorthodox locations, US Customs and Border Patrol Agents must also adapt and improve their interdiction equipment to stay a step ahead of the traffickers. In addition providing the world’s leading density meter, Density Buster K910B, CSECO is now offering a much improved model of optical fiberscope. The new fiberscope greatly improves the ease and accuracy in which officers can inspect tough to reach areas in vehicles such as gas tanks and dashboard control panels.

CSECO’s lightweight FV Series Fiberscope provides exceptional mobility and the built in LED light source provides brilliant high resolution images. Interdiction officers can quickly and efficiently perform a thorough visual inspection of concealed areas in suspect vehicles with the FV Series Fiberscope. It includes a 2 meter (80 inch) tungsten shielded insertion probe which can be safely submerged in fuel or water without causing damage to the scope. Also, with the probe inserted in narrow vehicle passages the officer can survey 120 degrees with the fiberscope’s built in up-down 2 way articulation. With over 16,000 individual strands of optical fiber and the high-intensity light handle visibility is crystal clear even in the darkest spaces.

There are also a number of additional product attachments and accessories offered with the FV Series Fiberscope that make this an invaluable tool in the fight to keep drugs and various contraband off the streets. One such attachment is the Megapixel camera with 3” LCD monitor which grants the officer easy viewing while simultaneously recording the findings for later reporting. Another useful attachment is the Window Wedge used to allow the fiberscope probe to inspect door panels.

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