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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.

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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.

csecoContraband detection has become something that is needed more than ever by our law enforcement agencies. Police officers suspecting transportation of contraband and customs agents, among others, find that the Buster K910B Density Meter is an excellent tool for ascertaining the truth of a potential contraband smuggling situation anywhere in the United States. The device is often considered the “gold standard” for contraband detection.

The creator of the Buster, Patrick J. Campbell, has been designing equipment to detect radioactivity and hidden things for over 35 years. The equipment he manufactures is easily used by people with no technical experience. He worked with the government, the Border Patrol, and US Customs to design the Buster density meter. While he originally meant it to find cash and controlled drugs, the end result turned out to be effective for these as well as other contraband.

The Buster K910B Density Meter is manufactured by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company. It emits a low intensity gamma radiation and detects scintillation, allowing it to scan quickly and return a result regarding hidden contraband in just a few minutes. A vehicle can often be checked in under five minutes, and it can scan most rooms of average size in under ten minutes, making this a very efficient device.

Other devices available for detecting contraband, most notably ones that use millimeter or radio wave, or ultra-violet or microwave, are viewed as inferior by some professionals due to their limitations. The primary limitation of these devices is the fact that each meter is made to handle one kind of shielding material. The Buster, however, can scan through wood or metal or plastic – even reinforced plastic. It is easy to catch hidden items without causing damage to the items in which they are hidden.

The Buster K910B Density Meter also has an audio response as well as the LCD video readout. The device is made to find narcotics, cash, explosives and weapons. It is also possible to get to previously inaccessible areas by adding the optional telescoping handle.

Radioactive material is indicated on the Buster, allowing first responders to know immediately how dangerous the area is, and have a better idea of what might have happened. This allows a safe perimeter to be formed so people can be kept from harm.

CSECO’s Buster K910B Density Meter is being used by such agencies as the US Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard and Coast Guard, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and law enforcement agencies in local, state, federal, and international locations.

The main thing that sets the Buster K910B apart from its competition is the fact that it is very user friendly. CSECO guarantees their units and offers training to anyone who purchases these devices. CSECO can be contacted by email at info@cseco.com or by phone at 510-864-8010.

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.”

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.

Purdue University Awards Honorary Doctorate in Engineering to Anthony “Tony” Harris, CSECO President and CEO

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Co. (CSECO) President and CEO Anthony “Tony” Harris an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering during May 11 commencement ceremonies at Purdue University. The Honorary Doctorate is the highest honor Purdue University bestows to an engineering alumnus and recognizes Harris’ outstanding accomplishments in the engineering field. This degree is only given to those who have made exceptional and lasting achievements in the field of engineering.

Harris received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1975. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business he earned in 1979. This Honorary Doctorate continues his long-standing relationship with the university.

Before he purchased CSECO, which was established by Patrick J. Campbell in 1984, Harris was the vice president for Calpine Corporation. Prior to that, he was the vice president of national account services and western region sales for PG&E Energy Services. He has also held the position of vice president of marketing and sales for Pacific Gas and Electric Company as well as president of Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc.

An entrepreneur at heart, Harris has also been president and CEO of StyleChoice.com and Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury. He also is active in the community. He is passionate about training young engineers and founded the National Society of Black Engineers over 32 years ago as a student at Purdue University. He currently serves as it’s national advisory board chairman. He is a member of the board of directors for SF JAZZ Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank Advisory Board. He enjoys contemporary art, jazz and wine.