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If you want a density meter considered to be the best to aid you in your contraband- and narcotics-busting efforts, then you want the Buster K910B Density Meter from Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO).

The Buster K910B aka Buster will quickly and effectively help you detect and locate hidden contraband items such as narcotics and other illegal drugs, cash, weapons, explosives, and even radioactive matter. It has been hailed the “gold standard” in density meters because it is considered to be the best on the market, unequaled by the density meters of its competitors.

The Buster has been widely used by interdiction and law enforcement units across the country, not to mention the Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It is little wonder the CBP likes the Buster, as CBP agents directly contributed in the creation of the Buster with CSECO’s founder Patrick J. Campbell. Campbell, who had many years of experience in creating and designing equipment that used radioactive elements, worked with the CBP agents to come up with the Buster.

The Buster became popular (and still is) among law enforcement agents because it employs sophisticated technology. It is also user-friendly; even those who are not well-versed in new technology will master the use of the Buster almost immediately.

The density meter beams a low-intensity gamma radiation and scintillation detector which helps it quickly scan any kind of material — wood, concrete, reinforced plastic, metal, or others — without damaging it. The Buster is able to detect discrepancies in density of the materials being scanned. It sends the user an alarm each time it reads an unusual and drastic changes in density, an indication that hidden contraband may be present. The alarms are both in the form of an audible signal and visual readouts.

Other companies have tried to make their own devices to be at par with the Buster, but the fact is their functions are quite limited. Such devices use other technology such as millimeter wave, ultraviolet wave, microwave, and radio wave but none of them are as quick and versatile as the Buster is. Interdiction officers who have used the Buster and other companies’ detection tools really feel the Buster’s use of radio isotopes in scanning materials is superior. This leads to a more accurate and productive results.

The very technology the Buster uses allows it to scan and provide results quicker compared to its competitors. Interdiction officers can scan an average-sized room in less than 10 minutes, while it can scan a vehicle in less than 5 minutes. Larger vehicles would require more time, but they would still be scanned accurately and quickly.

Apart from drugs, cash, weapons, and explosives, the density meter can also detect radioactive material, thanks to its feature called Rad-Aware® technology. It allows inspection officers (or first responders) to positively identify the presence of abnormal quantities of radioactive materials. This helps them establish safety zones and keep civilians out of harm’s way.

Want to know more about the Buster density meter or CSECO’s other contraband detection tools? Contact CSECO at info@cseco.com or call 510-864-8010.

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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.

James L. Capra, DEA Chief of Operations, Testifies Before Congress
Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSESCO), manufacturer of the Buster K910B Density Meter, is supportive of Mr. James L. Capra, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief of Operations, and his testimony before the Senate where he outlines the role of the DEA during a testimony about legalization of marijuana. You may watch a video of Capra’s testimony at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvibFaeLF8k.

Capra said there were eight factors in prosecuting cases related to marijuana. Since it is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, they are still enforcing the law. He was emotional as he told the Senators that “going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible.” He said there were more marijuana dispensaries in Denver than there were Starbucks, and that legalization should not be thought of as a good thing.

He also stated that federal drug agents aren’t interested in ‘Billy who is using his bong in the basement,’ but the drug traffickers that are dealing drugs on a global scale. It is also safe to say the DEA is also interested in those who try to smuggle illegal drugs into the country through the borders.

CSECO is proud to assist the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U. S. State Department, United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as federal, state and local police departments by designing contraband detection equipment to help them do their jobs, especially as it relates to large scale drug trafficking. Our contraband detection equipment includes the Buster K910B Density Meter, Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, and CT-40 Contraband Team Detection Kit.

CSECO recently added the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System to the list of tools in our contraband detection arsenal. This piece of videoscope technology is the first videoscope used in contraband detection to be certified safe for use in hazardous locations by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), including gasoline and diesel fuel tanks. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has a large display which allows users to clearly view into suspect areas during an inspection. Users are able to capture either still photos or videos with the push-button digital zoom and dimming which provides resolutions that are 10 times the resolution of other fiberscopes on the market. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has on-board photograph and video storage of up to 8,000 photos or 4 hours of video evidence.

To learn more about the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, the Buster K910B Density Meter, or any of the other contraband detection equipment CSECO designs and manufactures, visit our website at http://cseco.com/Products.aspx, send an email to info@cseco.com or call 510-864-8010. International questions or requests can be sent to Journey@cseco.com.

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.

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.