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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.

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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.

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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In December of 2011, Alameda, California based Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) was invited to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The purpose of the visit to Riyadh, the political capital of KSA, was to demonstrate a range of CSECO contraband detection equipment to various law enforcement entities within the KSA. A number of agencies in KSA had heard of CSECO’s equipment and the successes various other nations have had using these products to secure their borders and requested a private demonstration to better understand and evaluate this leading technology.

Hosted by of one of Saudi’s largest and most respected security contractors, CSECO had the opportunity to present its products and services to the KSA equivalent of the United States Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The security firm and both government agencies were very impressed with the items, specifically the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector and the FV-Series Fiberscope, and preliminary discussions of a longer-term relationship ensued. One agency official had previously possessed a Buster® Contraband Detector and noted that one of the additional benefits of the visit was the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how best to employ and utilize the equipment to accomplish key border security goals.

Damaune Y. Journey, Director of International Sales & Marketing for CSECO represented the company in Saudi Arabia. During a discussion with a top-ranking official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Journey had this to say to about the opportunity in Saudi Arabia, “Saudi Arabia, as one of the largest and wealthiest countries in the region, has much to protect, not the least of which is an amazing citizenry, culture, and devout way of life. Given some of the Kingdom’s varied and plentiful neighbors, border security is a chief concern and CSECO is willing and able to help in that effort”. CSECO, typically one of a number of companies on international visits of this sort, was the sole invited guest on this occasion. “This highlights to us the value placed on our equipment and brings CSECO tremendous pride and honor to be the held in such high regard.” Journey said. “Hopefully, the next visit will be one to train officers on this equipment’s highest and best use to make the Kingdom even more safe and to secure its people and their future.”

CSECO manufactures contraband detection equipment, namely the CT-30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit and the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector, used most often in the U.S. and abroad at checkpoints – land and sea – to inspect vehicles and vessels for smuggled goods. For over 25 years this equipment has been used to limit the flow of illegal narcotics, currency, and explosives into the U.S. and its partners.