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Detection equipment helps prevent serious crime globally

American Science And Engineering : 06 January, 2016  (Technical Article)
US detection system manufacturer provides insight into some of the most notable seizures made across the world with the help of its equipment
Detection equipment helps prevent serious crime globally

American Science and Engineering has releasewd details of the most notable seizures around the world for 2015 as reported in the news or from customers. AS&E's cargo, parcel and personnel inspection systems help governments, corporations and military organisations around the globe to protect borders, ports, checkpoints, critical infrastructure and high-vulnerability facilities.

"AS&E continues to innovate to support our customers with their most challenging inspection problems," said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO. "Our range of inspection systems and technologies are delivered in a variety of form factors that include small portable devices, large fixed-scanning portals or mobile platforms that can be used as a stand-alone system or in combination to meet our customers' unique requirements. AS&E's detection systems play a critical role in our customers' overall security efforts because of their proven success in finding drugs, currency, and explosives, and exposing trade fraud."

The following Most Notable 2015 Seizures from Around the World were assisted by AS&E's range of detection systems:


1 Over $9 million in trade and tax revenue in three months: In a three-month operation, a customs organisation in Africa exceeded its annual revenue target by collecting more than $9 million in trade and tax revenue. A single ZBV mobile cargo inspection system scanned more than 12,000 containers moving through the port, helping officials quickly and efficiently perform manifest verification, and facilitate the collection of duties and taxes.

Middle East

2 Thousands of kilos of chemicals used to create vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) seized: In the Middle East in November 2015, the ZBV mobile scanning system's Z Backscatter technology helped detect chemicals used to make VBIEDs that were hidden in the back of a truck.

3 Over $1 million in US currency seized in the Middle East: In December 2015 at a key checkpoint in the Middle East, the ZBV system detected over $1 million in US currency hidden in the rear panel and bumper of a vehicle.


4 Cocaine valued at $2.13 million seized in Hong Kong: At the Hong Kong International Airport, AS&E's Gemini parcel and baggage inspection system detected 2.2 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine worth approximately $2.13 million. The cocaine was found in false compartments in a backpack.

5 Drugs discovered amongst baggage on buses in China: In July 2015, the Yunnan MOPS Drug Enforcement Agency used the MINI Z handheld imaging system to scan baggage at various checkpoints along bus routes and successfully seized drugs hidden in the luggage on a passenger bus.

6 Heroin valued at $700,000 found in a container in Malaysia: The Royal Malaysian Police used the ZBV mobile cargo and vehicle inspection system to help uncover 34 kilogrammes of pure heroin worth RM 3 million ($700,000) hidden among hay and horse feed in a container from Pakistan.

North America

7 Heroin valued at $360,000 discovered in a vehicle door in Texas: In January 2015, 11.25 pounds of heroin with a street value of $360,000 was seized with the help of our Z Portal system that scanned a vehicle arriving at the port of entry from Mexico. The heroin was hidden in the driver-side rear door compartment.

8 US Public Safety officials find $275,000 in cooler lining: Using our MINI Z handheld scanner, US Public Safety officials discovered $275,000 of US currency concealed in the lining of a cooler in the cab of a truck.

South America

9 Over 800 kg of cocaine seized in Peru: The narcotics division of the Peru National Police seized more than 800 kilos of cocaine with the ZBV mobile system. The seizures were a result of drug raids that took place in Cusco and Ayacucho as part of an overall effort to combat drug trafficking in the region.

European Union

10 Over 9,000 packs of smuggled cigarettes seized in Poland: Poland Customs discovered 9,000 packs of smuggled cigarettes, valued at €23,600 ($26,000), with the help of the ZBV mobile cargo and vehicle scanner. The cigarettes (commonly smuggled across borders to avoid paying duties and taxes), were hidden in a secret, remote-controlled hatch in the roof of a truck driver's cab.

These seizures represent only a small fraction of the seizures that take place every day. Thousands are not publicly reported so that our customers can maintain effective operations. While many of the above seizures are among those publicly reported, in some cases AS&E is unable to disclose the customer in order to ensure the security of their continuing missions.

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