It is amazing to think, with today’s technology, that people would still try to transport contraband around the United States and think they won’t be caught. Thanks to the Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company’s (CSECO), many US Government Departments have used the FV Series Fiberscope to inspect thousands of objects, vehicles and containers confiscating untold amounts of contraband each year.
How do US Government Departments use the FV Series Fiberscopes to achieve such success? Here are some of the ways the FV Series Fiberscope has been used:
- It is not uncommon for would-be criminals to try to hide illegal drugs and money to be laundered in tires or even the gas tank of a vehicle. Their hope is that the contraband will not be located and that they will be able to reach their destination without incident.
The FV Series Fiberscope enables law enforcement to view a full 360 degrees while inside a fuel tank, door or within the seats or rear panels of a vehicle. The added fiber optic bundle, which is covered in heavy-duty tungsten skin to resist diesel fuel and gasoline, makes it possible for officers to see inside the darkest places. When combined with a video camera and monitor upgrade, it is possible to record everything the fiberscope operators sees as well as allowing other officers to view the contents, as well.
- Narcotics smugglers are constantly on the lookout for new places to hide their contraband. Each new vehicle model gives them ideas of where they can place illegal drugs. Thankfully, with the use of the FV Series Fiberscope, US Customs and Border Patrol Agents are able to keep finding these new hiding places. Fiberscope technology allows them to adapt their interdiction skills that enable them to keep drugs off the streets and able to put traffickers behind bars.
With the help of the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope, officers are able to quickly and efficiently inspect concealed areas in a vehicle. The fiberscope probe is 2 meters (80 inches) in length and can be submerged in water or fuel without damaging the scope. The scope also allows for viewing 120 degrees with the built-in 2-way articulation. The optional Window Wedge allows officers to inspect the spaces around door panels.
- The FV Series Fiberscope also enables officers to see inside boxes or other containers without opening them. Used in conjunction with CSECO’s Buster K910B Density Meter, interdiction teams are able to locate suspicious items within a box or container, and then the fiberscope is able to see inside the container. It is the ultimate visual inspection tool. CSECO stands behind the FV Series Fiberscope and offers training in its use to purchasers.
A recent seizure using the FV Series Fiberscope occurred an April 14, 2013 in Hinds County, MS. Thanks to the fiberscope, the officers found many bundles of cash that had been shrink-wrapped and placed in the fuel tank. The seizure, which filled more than 75% of the fuel tank, totaled $547,620!
Every day US Customs and Border Patrol, US Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard and other US Government Departments use the FV Series Fiberscope. Because of the many fiberscopes in use across the United States, illegal narcotics and other contraband are kept off the streets.