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Using a Density Meter for Contraband Detection

The Buster K910B Density Meter is one contraband detector Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) is most proud of. This is contraband detector assists law enforcement agencies doing their job of locating and confiscating contraband items such as illegal drugs and other substances, weapons, cash, or radioactive materials.

This is how it basically works: The Buster K910B Density Meter, also known as “The Buster,” uses a low intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector. This is able to quickly scan concealments through a variety of materials such as wood, metal or reinforced plastics. It identifies hidden contraband items, without externally damaging the surfaces or the items that are being detected. This is something that millimeter wave, radio wave, ultra-violet or microwave detector tools cannot do or do as easily and reliably.

The Buster is normally used to scan vehicles suspected of carrying forbidden, illegal, or stolen items. It also can be used elsewhere such as in buildings and residences as well as inspecting shipping containers.

Many people, especially the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and law enforcement agencies, have found the Buster to be one of the best tools available for the detection of contraband on the market today. In fact, most people who have used it view it as the “gold standard” of detection devices.

How did this great contraband detection tool come into being? CSECO’s founder Patrick Campbell founded the company in 1984. He was asked by the US Customs and Border Protection to invent a contraband detection device that wasn’t limited to detecting one particular item and would be able to locate a variety of materials hidden underneath different types of surfaces. So Campbell collaborated with the CBP to develop and design an early version of today’s world-renowned Buster K910B Density Meter.

The Buster displays pertinent and accurate visual and audible information to alert the law enforcement/Customs and Border Protection officers of the presence of contraband items. The contraband could be illegal substances, currency, weapons, and any other material. Then the interdiction officers will confiscate the materials so that they can be kept off the streets.

The addition to the Buster includes radiation detection with the Rad-Aware® technology. Rad-Aware® allows first responders to detect and locate the presence of abnormal quantities of radiation. In this way, interdiction officers would be able to establish a safe zone and keep other people out of harm’s way.

The Buster K910B Density Meter, equipped with Rad-Aware®, can locate the following types of contraband: illegal drugs, alcohol, cash, explosives and “dirty bombs”, cigarettes, anything radioactive, and anything that is kept in a concealed compartment.

The Buster is the trusted equipment among law enforcement agencies, interdiction officers as well as US Customs and Border Protection officers. These people know the effectiveness of the Buster to accurately locate possible contraband items. Without this tool, their job would be much more difficult.

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.