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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.

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.

CSECO Fiberscope Detection Kit Allows Hinds County Officers to Locate Over $500,000

Police officers around the country want to ensure the communities in which they serve are safe. Luckily, many federal, state and neighborhood law enforcement officers have the high technology tools they need to help them. Equipment manufactured by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company is among the most often used. The Buster Contraband Detector, FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit provide the tools needed for contraband detection, drug interdiction, and explosives detection.

Earlier this year, officers from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department were able locate a large amount of contraband currency with the help of the CSECO Fiberscope Detection Kit. At some point in a usual traffic stop in April, on I-55, an officer noticed marks around the fuel tank and truck bed of the vehicle he had stopped. Even though he was suspicious, he did not have the tools he needed to do a proper inspection. Remembering a fellow officer kept a CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection kit in his squad car, he radioed his colleague who soon arrived with the Fiberscope.

The Fiberscope is a flexible fiber optic video camera with two-way articulation and high intensity light used in contraband detection. It is made with a heavy-duty tungsten skin that allows officers to use the fiberscope in either gasoline or diesel fuel without damage. Because of its durability and flexibility, it provides users with a full 360° view inside of a vehicle fuel tank, dashboard or door.

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CSECO FV Series Fiberscope locates smuggled cash in fuel tank

Using the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit and contraband detector, the officers inserted the fiberscope into the vehicle’s fuel tank fill-tube. The officers were able to clearly see several bundles of US currency that had been shrink-wrapped and were floating in the fuel. Because the Fiberscope is portable, the officers were able to make their initial inspection right on the roadside where they had stopped the vehicle.

Officers impounded the vehicle and took it to the police station. After removing the truck bed to gain access to the fuel tank, the officers discovered more than 70% of the fuel tank was full of smuggled currency. The total value of the contraband currency – $547,620! The officers freely admit they would have had a different outcome without the use of the CSECO contraband detection equipment, especially the FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit.

The officer, so encouraged with the results of this seizure, offered his 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.”

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Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputies show off smuggled cash located with CSECO contraband detection equipment

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Using CSECO contraband detection equipment, Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputies display over $500,000 located in a vehicle’s fuel tank.

  

Of course, it is also gratifying for CSECO team members when law enforcement officers have such glowing words for their contraband detection equipment. “We focus on making inspection equipment like the comprehensive CT-30 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.”

CSECO equipment, including the FV Series Fiberscope, CT-30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit and Buster Contraband Detector are used by the United States government, state and local law enforcement, and more than 60 foreign government agencies. The CSECO Buster Contraband Detector is considered the ‘gold standard’ in contraband detection because of it is one of the safest and most reliable devices of its kind available and has been for more than 30 years.

Buster Contraband Detector – Standing Out Among Competitors

Buster Contraband Detector – Standing Out Among CompetitorsContraband detection is important when US Customs and Border Protection or state or local law enforcement suspect someone is trying to smuggle illegal drugs or other contraband. When accuracy is important, law enforcement agencies choose the Buster Contraband Detector, also known as The Buster K910B Density Meter, considered as being the ‘gold standard’ of contraband detectors.

Patrick J. Campbell was approached by the US government in the early 1980s to come up with a tool to help them search for hidden contraband. Since Campbell had experience using radioactive elements, he chose that technology to develop the Buster with direct input from US Customs and Border Protection agent end-users. Originally, the Buster contraband detector was supposed to detect cash or narcotics.

Today, the Buster has RAD-Aware® Technology which makes it effective as radiation detection equipment. Because of this small, hand-held tool, first responders can tell if radioactive elements are in the area. First responders are also able to verify safe perimeters that will keep themselves and the general public away from harm.

The Buster K910B Density Meter is unique among contraband detectors available today. It uses low-intensity gamma radiation with scintillation detection to enable it to quickly scan a vehicle or room. Generally, a vehicle can be scanned within 5 minutes, and an average-size room in about 10 minutes.
Competitors’ contraband detection meters use radio waves, millimeter waves, microwaves or ultraviolet wave technology. Many government and law enforcement agencies consider this technology to be inferior because it has limitations and can cause the officers to use more than one meter to do the same job the Buster is able to do on its own. The Buster scans through metal, wood, fabric and reinforced plastic easily and quickly. These scans are non-invasive and effective for locating hidden items.

Would-be smugglers will hide contraband in a variety of places including fuel tanks, car doors, spare tires, hidden compartments and false bottoms. If there is an open space in a vehicle, chances are contraband has been hidden there at one time or another. The Buster also scans shipping containers, trucks, airplanes and boats along with cars.

The Buster was also designed to provide auditory and visual readouts. The readouts will aid the user in locating explosives, cash, concealed drugs and illegal weapons. Using the optional telescoping pole, officers are able to reach previously unreachable areas on vehicles using the “Buster –on-a-Stick.” The audible sound alerts the user to the presence of contraband, and the LCD provides clear visual indication of contraband.
CSECO provides the Buster Contraband Detector and Density Meter to these United States governmental agencies:

• U. S. State Department
• U. S. Department of Homeland Security
• U. S. Customs and Border Protection
• U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration
• U. S. National Guard
• U. S. Coast Guard
• Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
• International Law Enforcement Agencies in over 70 countries around the world

The Buster Contraband Detector is also easy to use, which helps it to stand out among other contraband detectors. CSECO also offers training for every piece of contraband detection equipment it sells at the CSECO facility for no charge, or for a fee at the purchaser’s location. CSECO also travels to law enforcement agency trade shows to provide demonstrations of the Buster and other contraband detection equipment. You can learn more about the Buster Contraband Detector and other equipment by emailing info@cseco.com or by calling them at 510-864-8010.

The K910B Buster Compared to Other Contraband Detection Equipment

The Buster K910 Density Meter and Contraband Detector

The Buster K910 Density Meter is used for contraband detection but is also equipped with Rad-Aware® technology to alert first responders to potential radioactive danger.

With the War on Drugs and the black market, it has become more important than ever to have good contraband detection in place. One piece of contraband detection equipment that has been proven to be a useful tool in this effort is the Buster K910B Density Meter. Often referred to as the “gold standard” of contraband detection, the Buster is used across the country.

Patrick J. Campbell created the Buster, and he has over 35 years of experience in the design and creation of contraband detection equipment and radioactivity detection equipment. He makes instruments that are simple to use even when the user has no experience with technology. He worked alongside the US Customs and Border Patrol and the federal government when designing the Buster. It was originally intended for cash and narcotics, but is just as effective in finding other contraband.

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The Fiberscope as Contraband Detection Equipment

The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope used for contraband detection

The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope is used for contraband detection each day by law enforcement agencies across the United States. As part of the CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, the Fiberscope is a vital tool for locating hidden contraband.

The FV-Series Fiberscope by CSECO is one of the items that come with the CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit by CSECO. It consists of a flexible tool with a fiber optic light that allows vision into small areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. An optional digital recording device can be added that will allow items that are discovered to be documented. Some areas that can be accessed with the fiberscope include fuel tanks, car doors, below seats, under dashboards, inside ductwork, and more.

There are not small, detachable parts to the one-piece Fiberscope. The built-in battery is rechargeable, and it has a built-in LED light. Its two-way articulation allows visibility in all directions, and its one-hand operation makes it easy to operate. The optional digital camera can capture still pictures or video, and images can be reviewed immediately, making it an excellent tool for contraband detection.

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Explosives and Contraband Detection

The Buster contraband detection is used to scan vehicles including tires

The Buster K910 Density Meter is considered by many law enforcement officers and US Customs and Border Patrol agents to be the ‘gold standard’ in contraband detection.

When there is a concern about possible explosives, contraband detection equipment can be used to discover them and the devices can be properly defused and disposed. Many times, seconds count in situations where explosives may be present. You might think about movies, where the hero defuses the bomb at the very last second of the countdown – while that rarely happens in real life, the threat can still be real, and preventing damage and death is a priority.

The “gold standard” product available to handle this niche is the Buster K910B Density Meter by CSECO. It has been used for over 30 years for contraband detection and has been proven to be the safest option. It is effective and dependable, as well as easy to use.

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