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When you wonder when to purchase the best contraband detection tools on the market, Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) is the answer. It has the world-renowned Buster density meter, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, and other equipment.

For clients who have purchased or who plan to purchase our equipment, you may want to add your knowledge on how to properly use the products by undergoing an official training from CSECO. Purchasers may need training on the following products, namely: the Buster density meter, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, and the CT-40 Contraband Team Detection Kit (which includes the first two equipment mentioned earlier).

For purchasers who want to undergo training at the CSECO’s facilities, they may drop by at CSECO’s office in Alameda at absolutely no charge.

But for those who want training to be held at their own facilities, CSECO will come to the location to provide the training for a standard fee. See http://cseco.com/Contact for complete office address and contact details.

Training is typically held in one day, but that still depends on the purchaser/trainee. Training consists of instructions on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment.

In the case of training on the Buster, trainers demonstrate the difference between a normal level density of an object and the density of an object stuffed with contraband, as shown by the Buster’s scanning prowess.

The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is one of CSECO’s latest products to be launched. Training on this equipment includes the deployment of the device in inaccessible areas like gas tanks, small openings, surface cracks and crevices, and other small openings. Trainees will also learn how to capture pictures and record videos as well as to do general care and maintenance.

One day of training typically consists of four hours for the Buster and another four hours for the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope and the other equipment in the CT-40 kit: Leica Laser Range Meter, the PN Series Inspection Probe Kit, and the PM-10 Extension Inspection Mirror with High-Intensity Flashlight. This particular session includes showing photographs of some of the common anomalies found in vehicles that interdiction agents should expect, as well as proven inspection methods.

Successful trainees will obtain a certificate upon completion of their training. The certificate is an indication that the participant has become well-versed on the proper use and maintenance of CSECO’s contraband detection tools. This very certification also gives the “go-signal” to the participants to train other purchasers at their own location.

CSECO is also available to conduct training for clients outside the United States. Those who express interest in purchasing CSECO’s contraband detection equipment and training on how to use them can contact CSECO for the details of purchasing, training, and their rates. CSECO, in partnership with Highway Interdiction Training Specialists (HITS) and Global Counter-Smuggling Training Consultants, LLC, will work on providing the training in your country.

Don’t forget to get some training when you purchase the Buster density meter, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, the CT-40 Contraband Team Detection Kit or any of CSECO’s contraband detection tools.

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Contraband detectors such as a density meter and a visual inspection tool will definitely help law enforcement agents locate and seize hidden contraband.

One of the most trusted names in the contraband detection field is Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) which has been in the business for over three decades. Their first product, the Buster K910B Density Meter, was a product of collaboration of the company’s founder Patrick J. Campbell and agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Also known as “Buster” for short, the Buster K910B has served well the majority of law enforcement and anti-illegal drugs agencies across the United States for many years. Now, CSECO has upgraded the K910B to the newest version, the Buster K910G Density Meter!

Like its predecessor, the Buster K910G still uses the low intensity gamma radiation and a scintillation detector. This helps the user to scan through a variety of materials: wood, paper or carton, metal, concrete, or reinforced plastic and even organic matter such as dirt, water, and many other kinds of liquids.

Law enforcement agents who use the Buster K910B will still be able to use the K910G for scanning through these kinds of matter without externally damaging or dismantling the items being scanned. Once the Buster recognizes a density level that is unusually high, it’s the right time for the agents to damage them in order to seize previously hidden contraband such as illegal drugs, narcotics, cash, alcohol and spirits, weapons, explosives, or other contraband.

The Buster’s low intensity gamma technology enables quick scanning. Like the K910B, the K910G has the ability to scan an entire average-sized room within 10 minutes or less, and a vehicle within 5 minutes or less.

The K910G also has the RAD-Aware® technology which enables first respondents to detect unusually high levels of radiation. This will help them to establish safety perimeters while keeping their colleagues as well as innocent civilians of the dangerous dirty bomb or any other radiation leaks.

The Buster K910G features significant improvements from the previous the K910B. The K910G has a more ergonomic design — it has been made slimmer (also designed for female inspectors or for those with smaller hands) and added with a strap to ensure of a more secure grip. The K910G also has a 7.5 micro curie Barium 133 source, which is at least 25% or more less than our competitors’ density meters. It is also now devoid of potentially-dangerous lead components inside it, making searches much safer than ever before.

The Buster will work best as it is meant to work that way — scanning mostly external surfaces, such as that of a gas tank. However, it doesn’t have the ability to probe into narrower spaces, nor can it be poked into other items such as a sack of grain. That’s why CSECO introduced another great contraband detection tool, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System. It is a visual inspection tool which can beat the leading fiberscopes currently on the market.

The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope can be used with complete ease, as it comes in one piece — no need for bothersome attachments such as cables. It works in the same manner as the other fiberscopes. But the Perfect Vision is very different due to its impressive features and functions.

The Perfect Vision V20 boasts a 5-inch color LCD display. It also has push-button dimming and digital zoom which enables the user to see the inspected area ten times to that of the leading fiberscope. This will help the user to focus on what is being inspected without losing visual awareness of his surroundings.

This amazing tool doesn’t have glass fibers, unlike the leading fiberscopes which means it is not easily susceptible to external damage. The Perfect Vision has a 2mmx6mm tungsten-protected shaft equipped with two-way articulation and potent LED lighting. The shaft can be poked or inserted into areas normally inaccessible to the Buster. The Buster recognizes any indication of concealed contraband while scanning a particular surface and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope will further confirm what it is beneath that surface. The Perfect Vision is also built to be used during the evening or in dark locations.

The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System is also certified safe by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Now agents will be confident when they have to use the Perfect Vision in high-risk areas like fuel tanks. Not many visual inspection tools can hold that kind of recognition like the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope does! It was the first visual inspection tool to hold such recognition.

Although already excellent individually, the Buster K910G Density Meter and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, when used together, can double the chances of success of locating hidden contraband.

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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.

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.

Many people aren’t aware what a contraband detection is all about. However, it is otherwise important and even has an impact on our well-being, safety and peace. Indeed, the general public isn’t aware of its importance nor do they realize that terrorism, whether on an international, national, or local level, may be funded through smuggled contraband. This also applies to other forms of crime.

An effective detection for contraband should include being able to detect drugs, cash, weapons, and explosives. It will prevent these items from being smuggled from one location to another. The more contraband is successfully detected, the less chance it will land in the hands of people that will use it to harm others. By removing contraband and keeping it out of circulation, people and communities will be made safer.

The general perception is that illegal goods (or contraband) are smuggled through the ports and borders and into the country. While this is true to some extent, many do not realize that contraband can actually be transported from state to state. Illegal drugs, weapons, explosives, dirty bombs, and other contraband material have the potential to ravage the lives of people and communities. Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) vowed to eradicate contraband material as their main priority. In order to meet its goal, CSECO manufactures a variety of contraband detection equipment and has since 1984.

So what is contraband? According to dictionaries, contraband is defined as follows:

  • Any item which is imported or exported illegally,
  • Any item which is prohibited by law from being imported or exported, or
  • Smuggling, or illegal/prohibited trade

Contraband may also mean items which are illegal to be possessed, including stolen goods. Since contraband is illegally transported by smuggling, it requires secrecy by hiding the items so that they cannot be easily recognized and confiscated by authorities.

However, by using contraband detection tools like those manufactured by CSECO, border patrol agents and other local, state, and national law enforcement officers can detect contraband quickly and take it off the streets.

Contraband may include (but is not limited to):

  • Illegal currency (stolen, counterfeit, or gained through illegal means)
  • Illegal narcotics (cocaine, meth, heroine, etc.)
  • Illegal weapons that may stolen or purchased from the black market
  • Nuclear weapons of any type
  • Cigarettes and alcohol, when obtained illegally
  • Even humans are considered contraband, especially when they are here illegally, or may have been kidnapped and forced to work in the sex trade.

Now that you know what contraband is, you can better understand why it is important to detect and confiscate it.

That’s why CSECO works hard to help law enforcement agents to detect and seize contraband. It can be removed as a potential threat and kept out of communities which help keep them safe. The company uses the latest in technology when developing and manufacturing equipment for contraband detection. Here are some of CSECO’s products:

  • The Buster K910B Density Meter – CSECO’s signature contraband detection equipment. It was designed by founder Patrick J. Campbell as a result of his collaboration with US Customs and Patrol agents. When approached, Campbell said he wanted to work closely with the agents who would use and be able to explain real-world instances where improvements could be made over the contraband detectors that then existed at that time. Over 30 years later, the Buster is now considered the “gold standard” of contraband detectors by many law enforcement agents across the country.
  • Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope – CSECO’s most recent addition to its line of contraband detecting tools easily beats the fiberscopes sold on the market today. It uses a shaft that is ¼ inch in diameter and 80 inches long. It also has a two-way articulated tip that includes an integral light source. The display is 5-inches and multi-directional color LCD. It has push button digital zoom. The Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope also saves still photos, but also records video images of the areas being detected. It’s also flexible and fuel-resistant. And best of all, the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope is certified safe the by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) for use in hazardous areas like fuel tanks.
  • The CT-40 Kit – CSECO has unveiled the CT-40 Detection Team Kit, an update from its previous CT-30 Kit. Like the CT-30, the CT-40 has pretty much the same set of tools, but does not include the FV Series Articulated Fiberscope and the digital camera. Instead, what you will see in the CT-40 is the newest addition: the Perfect Vision® V20 Videoscope Inspection System, which works far, far better than the old fiberscope.

As you may have realized from reading this article, CSECO and its many customers (the Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, US State Department, DEA, as well as all levels of law enforcement) take a serious and hard stance against contraband smuggling. If you want to learn more any contraband detection equipment, contact CSECO by calling 510-864-8010 or emailing info@cseco.com.

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents use the Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company Buster K910B Density Meter, along with other contraband detection tools, in their day-to-day operations against the influx of narcotics around the country. On March 26, CBP agents at the El Paso Port seized almost 13 pounds of cocaine. Street value estimate for the drugs is over $406,000.

CBP El Paso Port director Beverly Good said of the bust, “Stopping almost 13 pounds of cocaine is a significant enforcement action.”

Each day, the CBP agents do enforcement sweeps of several vehicles that want to come into the US at various locations around the country. During the sweeps, the agents will have a variety of detection tools available for them to use. These agents have K-9 units which often provide the first indication that hidden contraband may be there. However, the agent visually noticed some anomaly in the interior part of the vehicle. But because he was using CSECO’s Buster, he scanned the area he noticed. He received a very high reading which often is an indication that hidden contraband was located.

A drug-sniffing dog named Bert then sniffed the vehicle. He also alerted to the officers that there was something in the vehicle’s rear seat. The agents followed these two indications by using X-ray screening. This indicated the anomaly in the seat. The agents and the CBP officers went to further examine the Dodge Neon. Finally, they located five packages hidden inside the rear seat. Each package was filled with cocaine.

The CBP agents arrested the driver, a Canutillo, Texas resident. The driver was then turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation agents. The driver will face charges of attempted smuggling.

CSECO understands how vital it is to eradicate illegal drugs, narcotics, and other contraband and to keep them off the streets. CBP agents, law enforcement officers, and interdiction officers across the country have a significant task. They need effective, accurate, easy-to-use, and safe detection tools. These tools will help them locate and keep illegal drugs, narcotics, cash, weapons, and explosives from reaching their intended recipient.

CSECO’s has manufactured the Buster K910B since 1984. Law enforcement officers around the country widely think of the Buster as the “gold standard” for detecting and locating contraband. The Buster, when used together with the K-9 units and other equipment for detecting narcotics and contraband, increases the possibility they will locate and seize contraband. When the illegal drugs and other contraband are seized and off the streets, our cities and towns are safer for us to live in.

Contact us by calling (510) 864-8010 or sending us an email to info@cseco.com if you want to learn more about the Buster and CSECO’s other contraband detection equipment. International interest may be made 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.