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CSECO Contraband Detection Tools You Can Trust

CSECO Contraband Detection Tools You Can Trust

Contraband detection is important for law enforcement and government agencies to locate illegal contraband being transported in and around the country. These agencies depend on contraband detection tools they can trust like the Buster K910B Density Meter, manufactured by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO). Designed with the help of United States Customs and Border Protection agents in the mid-1980s, the Buster has been the contraband detector of choice for government agencies and law enforcement groups (federal, state and local) since that time because it is proven and effective; it has been for nearly 30 years.

Ports and border crossings around the country are the areas where the Buster and other CSECO contraband detectors are used more often. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents need tools which enable them to quickly detect the presence of contraband. State and local police departments may also use this technology for normal, daily traffic stops. No matter where it is used, it is vital that these groups are able to trust the tools to effectively locate and alert them to possible contraband including drugs, ‘dirty bombs’ or other explosive components, weapons or currency.

CSECO President Tony Harris was interviewed for the June 26, 2013 issue of PoliceMag.com. He said, “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 continued that they used what they had at their disposal, rudimentary tools and their hands, in order to inspect vehicles they suspected of transporting contraband. Without the right tools, they often missed contraband.

Patrick J. Campbell, founder of CSECO, was approached by the federal government in the early 1980s and tasked with developing a tool, similar to his density gauge, which could detect hidden contraband. He worked closely with CBP agents to create a tool that they could use effectively n the field. The Buster, the culmination of the work between Campbell and CBP agents, detects contraband by using back-scatter technology and low-intensity gamma radiation.

The Buster measures the density of an object and produces two types of alerts – audible as well as visual – when there is a discrepancy with the density of an object. CBP agents would be alerted when there is a change in density for an object since most objects have specific density and do not change. The agents would be able to further inspect the object to determine if contraband was present. The Buster, along with the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope, enables inspection without having to dismantle the vehicle and the problems that can follow if nothing is located.

First responders use the Buster because it has Rad-Aware® radiation detection technology. When they arrive on the scene of a suspected ‘dirty bomb’ detonation or where they believe radioactive materials might be, the Buster enables them to establish a perimeter to keep people safe.

The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope is another tool law enforcement and CBP trust. It allows officers to see inside dark, small places to detect contraband. Using 16,000 fiber optic strands which have been wrapped in tungsten, the Fiberscope can be snaked into a vehicles fuel tank, behind the door’s panels and through vent openings. Since the tungsten wrap protects the fiber optic strands, it is protected from diesel fuel or gasoline. It has an ocular unit and two-way articulation which enables users to reach areas the naked eye could not reach. When the optional video attachment is used, the agents can record their inspection as well as allow others to view it in real-time.

In the 30 years it has been available those in the CBP and law enforcement have turned to the Buster contraband detector time and time again. They know they can trust it implicitly to lead them to hidden contraband, verify the presence of contraband, help them remove the contraband and ensure their officers and agents remain safe.

Buster Contraband Detector – Technology You Can Trust for Contraband Detection

Buster Contraband Detector – Technology You Can Trust for Contraband DetectionThe Buster Contraband Detector, also known as Buster K910B Density Meter, is technology you can trust when your job is to keep illegal drugs, weapons, currency and other contraband off the streets. The Buster, designed with direct input from United States Customs and Border Protection agents in the 1980s, was the first product manufactured by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO). Today, it is still sought-after by US governmental agencies, state and local police departments as well as some international customs and law enforcement agencies because it is durable and effective.

Even though there is other contraband detection equipment available, the Buster Contraband Detector is considered to be one of the best. The main reason the Buster is so well-thought of is that it uses different technology from the other density meters. Here are some ways it is better:

  • The Buster Contraband Detector uses low intensity gamma radiation along with scintillation detectors. This allows users to quickly scan vehicles, as well as homes, for contraband that is hidden. In fact, a user can obtain a positive result for contraband in less 5 minutes and a room in about 10 minutes.
  • Using this technology, which differs greatly from radio wave, ultra-violet wave, microwave or millimeter wave technology that can only scan through one type of surface, the Buster Contraband Detector can scan through metal, wood, reinforced plastic and material up to a depth of 6 inches. This means the inspectors will be able confirm the presence of contraband without having to dismantle the object being searched first, which is a large change from drug interdiction and contraband detection prior to the Buster being developed.
  • The Buster Contraband Detector provides two forms of alerts. There is an audible alert which is perfect for the times the Buster is being used with its telescoping stick. A hand-held display allows for visual alerts. Using the Buster, it is possible to pinpoint the location of contraband so it can be removed and kept out of the hands of would-be smugglers and drug dealers.
  • A ‘dirty bomb’ detonation is all too possible these days, but the Buster Contraband Detector comes with Rad-Aware® radiation detection technology. This enables first responders to assess the area and set up a safe perimeter in case of a radioactive release or ‘dirty bomb’ detonation taking place.

CSECO also manufactures other contraband detection equipment including besides the Buster K910B Density Meter. They also manufacture the FV-Series Fiberscope which enables users to peer inside small openings and dark recesses like a fuel tank or behind heating vents in vehicles, and the CT-30 Contraband Detection Kit which includes both pieces of equipment along with other tools that make detecting contraband possible.

Training is available for every piece of contraband detection equipment that CSECO sells. The training can be held at CSECO’s facility for free, or you may choose to pay for training at your facility. You may find demonstrations of the Buster Contraband Detector and other CSECO drug interdiction equipment at local law enforcement agency trade shows throughout the year.

To learn more about the Buster Contraband Detector or upcoming events, contact info@cseco.com or call 510-864-8010.

Choose CSECO’s Buster If You Want the Best Density Meter

Choose CSECO’s Buster If You Want the Best Density Meter
The Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) Buster K910B Density Meter is the piece of contraband detection equipment you will want to turn to if your job is to locate and confiscate illegal drugs, weapons, cash or radioactive materials. Many US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, feel the Buster is the best density meter available on the market today. In fact, many have called the Buster K910B the ‘gold standard’ of density meters.

Patrick J. Campbell founded CSECO in 1984. He was asked by the government to design a single contraband detector that would be able to detect a number of types of contraband instead of being limited like other contraband detectors available at the time. Campbell worked with CBP agents to design the Buster. It is easy enough or anyone, even non-technical people, to use and is highly effective at detecting contraband.

How is the Buster better than its competition, when it was first designed and today? The Buster uses low-intensity gamma radiation (radioactive isotopes) to quickly scan any type of material. It works by detecting differences in the material’s density and alerts the user of any void it finds behind the surface. The Buster contraband detector produces both an audible signal as well as a visual signal displayed on the hand-held device whenever discrepancies are found.

Even though other companies manufacture similar detection devices, they have limitations the Buster does not. These companies use microwaves, millimeter waves, radio waves or ultra-violet waves when scanning. Use of this technology means the user is not able to scan through more than one type of material. The Buster, on the other hand, uses radioactive isotopes which can scan through wood, reinforced plastics and most types of metal with accurate results.

Another benefit of using the Buster is that provides scanning results quicker than most other contraband detectors. With the Buster contraband detector, law enforcement agencies are able to scan a room in less than 10 minutes and know if there is contraband in the room. Most vehicles can be scanned in about 5 minutes, even though scanning larger vehicles will take a little bit longer. When CBP agents and police officers use the optional telescoping handle, they are able to scan tall sides and tops, as well as the underside, of semi trucks.

The Buster K910B Density Meter can locate the following types of contraband:

  • Illegal narcotics and other drugs
  • Currency
  • Weapons
  • Cigarettes
  • Explosive components and ‘dirty bombs’
  • Anything that is hidden in a concealed compartment

Finally, the Buster has been equipped with Rad-Aware® technology as an added benefit. With this technology, CBP agents, local law enforcement and foreign Customs agents are able to detect radioactive materials. First responders to a site can detect possible radioactive materials and establish a safe zone to keep residents from harm’s way.

You can learn more about the Buster K910B Density Meter, as well as CSECO’s other contraband detectors, by calling 510-864-8010 or emailing info@cseco.com.

Use of Drug and Explosive Detection Videoscope to Save Lives

Use of Drug and Explosive Detection Videoscope to Save LivesFederal, state and local law enforcement who have access to drug and explosives detection equipment, know their use can help save lives. This equipment may include the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope which can also be called a videoscope or a boroscope. Some may think this statement is stretching the importance of this technology, but US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and police offices will tell you it’s true. The information below explains some ways the drug and explosives detection equipment helps to save lives.

Unfortunately, there are many people who transport contraband, including explosives or drugs, around the country in their vehicles. Since they hope to avoid detection, they hide the contraband in unusual places including inside spare tires, wrapped and stuffed in a gas tank, or hidden compartments inside the vehicle’s seats. These are only a few of the locations law enforcement officers have found contraband. More obvious places to transport contraband would be a backpack, box or other container normally found in vehicles.

To avoid tearing apart every vehicle they suspect may contain contraband, CBP and other law enforcement use contraband detection technology to locate contraband. CSECO manufactures and sells the FV Series Fiberscope, CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit and Buster K910B Density Meter. With these contraband detectors, the agencies are able to detect contraband without using invasive means. An abnormal reading will lead agents and officers to investigate the vehicle further. They may remove seats, run the Fiberscope into small openings such as behind heating vents and inside doors, or they may remove a large speaker to access drugs or explosives that are hidden inside. More than 40,000 people die from illegal drugs each year, so every time an officer locates and removes illegal drugs to they don’t reach the streets, they are helping to save lives.

One of the main pieces of technology law enforcement agencies use is the FV Series Fiberscope. It can peer inside small spaces like behind door panels, behind dashboard vents or inside a fuel tank. The Fiberscope was designed with a heavy-duty tungsten skin that is resistant to gasoline and diesel fuel so it can be submerged into a fuel tank to see if anything other than fuel is inside the tank. The high-intensity LED lighting and two-way articulation allows users to see the contents of even the darkest corners.

When the Fiberscope is used with the Buster K910B Density meter, considered by many to be the best contraband detector available, even more illegal drugs or explosive components can be found. The Buster detects any number of types of contraband – cash, illegal drugs, radioactive materials and more. Using the FV Series Fiberscope with the Buster allows agents to help save lives by being able to seize possible explosive components and illegal drugs off the streets and away from potential criminals.

CSECO President Tony Harris Featured in Harvard Business School Alumnus Newsletter

CSECO President Tony Harris Featured in Harvard Business School Alumnus NewsletterMany people who know Tony Harris, president and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company, don’t realize he went to Harvard’s Business School. If they did know, they may not realize he received an MBA degree from the prestigious university. They may or may not know he was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate his undergraduate alma mater, Purdue University, during May graduation ceremonies.

Although Harris originally planned to go into architecture after he graduated from high school, a teacher suggested he might want to consider going into engineering instead. Harris took that teacher’s advice and attended Purdue University. He graduated in 1975 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Harris co-founded the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as a student at Purdue University. From this early beginning, the largest student-run organization now boasts more than 27,000 members with chapters on five continents. Harris currently serves as the chairman of the NSBE national advisory board.

After graduating from Purdue, Harris went on to attend Harvard Business School, where he graduated in 1979. Soon after graduating, he began putting his MBA to use. He held the position as the project and design engineer for Standard Oil Company (Indiana). He also held positions in marketing and sales for Ford Motor Company before he took the position of president and CEO of Sonoma Ford Lincoln-Mercury. Harris has also worked in higher positions within Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as well as the Calpine Corporation where he was vice president of marketing.

Besides being awarded the Honorary Doctorate from Purdue University, Harris was also honored by the university as the 1999 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer and was named the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus for 2008. Recently, he was invited to join the newly established Strategic Advisory Council.

Harris remains relationships with Purdue University and the Harvard Business School. He is also active in the community in which he lives. He has served on the Board of Directors for Oakland Museum of California, on the Advisory Board for OneCalifornia Bank, and as a member of the African American Advisory Committee for the California Board of Education

He purchased CSECO in 2006, and as president, Harris directs the manufacture of the Buster contraband detector, its official name is the Buster K910B Density Meter, and other contraband detection equipment. The Buster was first manufactured in the early 1980s after CSECO founder Pat Campbell worked closely with US Customs and Border Protection officers to design a contraband detector that met their specific needs. CSECO also manufactures the FV Series Fiberscope and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit. These contraband detectors are used by the US State Department, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Department of Homeland Security. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have also learned the benefits of using the Buster contraband detector as well as international law enforcement agencies.

You may read the Harvard Business School article about Tony Harris with this link: https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=2927.

Tony Harris, Purdue University 2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Receives Honorary Doctorate

Tony Harris, Purdue University 2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Receives Honorary DoctorateFor those interested in pursuing a career in engineering, Purdue University has an excellent engineering department. Every year, the University honors prior graduates of their College of Engineering. During graduation in May, they honored this year’s recipient Tony Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO).

Harris began his affiliation with Purdue University as an undergraduate in the early 1970s. By 1975, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been recognized before for excellence in engineering by the university.

  • 1999 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer
  • 2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus

Harris graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979 with an MBA. It is easy to see that Harris has had an impact on the engineering industry based on these recognitions. Many minority engineering students see him as a role model both in the US and abroad.

As a child, Tony had similar interests as the children in his inner-city Chicago neighborhood. He showed an interest in sports, particularly basketball. He also enjoyed music, preferring Motown sounds and then favoring jazz. Originally, Harris planned to become an architect, but a conversation with a high school mentor convinced him to research engineering, partially because of the opportunities it afforded. Following this advice, Harris pursued and received an academic scholarship to Purdue University.

Harris excelled in engineering and helped found the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) prior to his graduation in 1975. Today, this organization is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country. It currently boasts over 30,000 members in 400 chapters. After he graduated, Harris went on to obtain an MBA. He has held positions at Ford Motor Company, Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation, and Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury where he was the CEO.

Other positions Harris has held include vice president of marketing at Calpine Corporations, vice president of marketing and sales for California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), vice president of national account services PG&E’s Energy Services division, and Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc.’s vice president.

Harris purchased Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company in 2007. The Alameda, California company manufactures contraband detectors like the ‘Buster K910’ density meter. This one tool, developed with US Customs and Border Protection agents in the early 1980s, is able to detect ‘dirty’ bombs or other explosives components as well as contraband including cash, weapons and illegal drugs. Domestic and international law enforcement agencies, as well the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, and US State Department have successfully used contraband detection equipment manufactured by CSECO.

Harris expects Purdue University to continue to play a large part in his life professionally. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the NSBE where he is able to promote minority engineers. Besides being honored as the 2013 Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, Harris has also recently accepted a request to serve on Purdue University’s Strategic Advisory Council.