Tens of thousands of international travelers cross secure U.S. borders on a day to day basis, with just about every one of them carrying some sort of hand baggage. It is the duty of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to thoroughly check the traveler’s luggage before they are permitted to enter the U.S.

But why?

Deep checking of the baggage is critically important as such baggage can contain illicit drugs and other hazardous substances such as alcohol, guns, and explosives. Considering the fact that drugs that actually take the lives of millions of people in the U.S. — methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl — almost universally come through ports of entry along the southern border, it is of the utmost importance to detect and confiscate them before they hit the U.S. streets.

For successful detection, the U.S. government is now arming its border agents with narcotics detection and identification systems that aid in real-time detection and deliver immediate and reliable results.US Border Patrol

In the past, border agents relied on their hands, eyes, and some rudimentary tools to detect narcotics. That was clearly not a reliable drug detection method, but thankfully, this is no longer the case. Today, advanced technology has equipped border agents with effective monitoring equipment. Tools such as the Buster K910B density meter and contraband detector help border agents detect narcotics as well as alcohol, guns, and explosives. Fitted with a low-intensity radiation emitter and a scintillation detector, the Buster is designed to scan a suspect for illicit drugs in no more than 5 minutes!

Other visual narcotic inspection systems, such as Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, further eases the work for drug interdiction officers. With this one-piece optical inspection device, they do not have to attach additional cables or cameras for viewing. These devices are multi-directional, and their high-resolution color LCD offers high-quality images of the suspected areas.

Some drug identification tools come with a laser that directly targets the suspicious psychoactive drug and generates a distinct spectrum. The sample is then analyzed for identification in the drug library, which can be updated anytime to store information on new drug types. These efficient devices are lightweight and easy to use, and capable of delivering immediate results, which eliminates the need for expensive lab processing.

The efficacy of drug detection tools is far beyond human comprehension as they can detect narcotics that are not readily detectable, such as “bath salts.” They are also engineered to be non-intrusive and eliminate the need for a contact of any kind. These monitoring tools shorten the time of the Criminal Case Resolutions as well — when drugs can be detected easily, the alleged perpetrators can be quickly brought up on charges.

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