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Parcel inspection system results in large narcotics haul in Asia

American Science And Engineering : 30 January, 2014  (Application Story)
A large quantity of a controlled substance has been detected at an Asian airport cargo inspection area using a Gemini x-ray screening system
Parcel inspection system results in large narcotics haul in Asia

An Aviation Police Authority recently used American Science and Engineering's Gemini 100 X-ray inspection system to discover a shipment of 200 kilograms of Ketamine worth more than $17 million at an Asian Airport. The Authority has deployed both the Gemini and an AS&E Sentry Portal cargo inspection system to create a comprehensive aviation-focused screening solution.

The drugs were disguised as desiccant material — commonly used packets for keeping materials dry — in cartons of women's boots. Gemini system-generated images of the cartons revealed an organic anomaly that warranted further review. Officials determined it was the anaesthetic drug Ketamine, a controlled substance. The seizure netted 244 cartons, representing one of the largest narcotics seizures in the region in the past few years.

"Seizures such as this demonstrate the Gemini system's superior detection capabilities for aviation applications," said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO. "The Gemini system's unique multi-technology capability enhances detection of organic and inorganic materials — including drugs that other systems can miss — providing security officials with comprehensive information about cartons and parcels that are shipped via air cargo."

Available in multiple tunnel sizes, the Gemini systems offer the unique capability to simultaneously detect both metallic and non-metallic threats — even in cluttered environments. The systems feature a combination of dual-energy transmission and Z Backscatter X-rays, two complementary, advanced, and commercially-proven technologies.

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