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Drugs cash haul achieved with MobileTrace

GE Security : 17 June, 2008  (Application Story)
US police discover drugs money stashed in hire car dashboard with traces of narcotic contaminants using trace detection technology from GE Security
GE Security has announced that MobileTrace, a handheld trace detection instrument capable of simultaneous explosives and narcotics detection, played a critical role in the recent seizure of nearly $300,000 in cash hidden in a rental car dashboard.

During a recent traffic stop in Iredell County, the sheriff's highway drug interdiction unit used a GE Security MobileTrace portable explosives and narcotics detection unit to confirm the presence of traces of narcotics on $293,805 found secreted in the dashboard of the rental car involved.

"The Iredell County Sheriff's Office has a track record of pioneering the use of advanced technologies to make law enforcement activities more effective and efficient and their use of MobileTrace is a great example of this," said Vincent Ortega, national security specialist, GE Security's Homeland Protection business. "We're pleased to see the Iredell County Sheriff's office continues to successfully use GE Security's narcotics detection technology to support their efforts."

"The GE Security MobileTrace instrument allows us to collect evidence and evaluate key findings in the field in a more efficient and timely manner than ever before," said Phillip Redmond, Iredell County Sheriff. "GE Security has been a great partner for advanced technologies and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them and provide important experiences from our field work that will help make advanced technologies like MobileTrace more effective as crime fighting tools for our community and other law enforcement agencies."

The Iredell Sheriff's Department was chosen for a 30 - 60 day MobileTrace trial based on its extensive successful employment of GE Security's desktop trace detection units in support of law enforcement over the past two years, as well as for its commitment to the elimination of drug trafficking in the area.

"MobileTrace, introduced in July 2007, is already in use by a variety of customers around the world and is increasingly being recognized as a smart, reliable, and effective tool for law enforcement field use," said Stephen McGugan, national manager of law enforcement, GE Security's Homeland Protection business. "It has been our consistent goal to provide law enforcement with solutions that make a difference in the communities they protect, and that is exactly what GE Security is doing with MobileTrace."

MobileTrace's simultaneous dual-mode detection, combined with a state-of-the-art battery for longer life provides users the capabilities needed to stay ahead of the growing substance detection challenges in both law enforcement and military operations. MobileTrace also expands the range of target explosives that can be identified in a single sample for faster, more comprehensive security screenings.

Using GE's patented ITMS (Ion Trap Mobility Spectroscopy) or trace technology, MobileTrace makes available in a highly portable device the explosives and narcotics detection sensitivity and reliability of other GE Security trace-based products in widespread use at military facilities, border crossing points, airports and other critical security checkpoints around the world.

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