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Confidence in the detection of cocaine particulates
Author(s): Joseph Richard Jadamec; Chih-Wu Su; Stephen W. Rigdon; LaVan J. Norwood; Christopher R. Kaplan
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Paper Abstract

Detection of trace quantities of illicit drugs residue is one method to indicate that a shipment of contraband drugs may be present aboard vessels, either concealed in various aspects within the vessel or in the cargo and containers being transported. The application of available high speed, ultra sensitive analytical technologies to detect trace quantities presents unique problems in their acceptance and use as operational tools. Based upon results of a nine month field trial, the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center has developed guidelines, procedures and protocols for routine field use of two narcotic detection systems. Proper training coupled with strict adherence to these guidelines, procedures and protocols has resulted in the acceptance of the IONSCANTM and SENTORTM narcotic detection systems as evidence in three Federal court actions. This paper presents the results of our studies which guided the drafting of these procedures, protocols and guidelines. The resulting increased confidence in the analytical data obtained with the use of these two systems by operational personnel will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2276, Cargo Inspection Technologies, (6 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.189183
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Richard Jadamec, U.S. Coast Guard (United States)
Chih-Wu Su, U.S. Coast Guard (United States)
Stephen W. Rigdon, Analysis and Technology, Inc. (United States)
LaVan J. Norwood, PSI International, Inc. (United States)
Christopher R. Kaplan, U.S Coast Guard (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2276:
Cargo Inspection Technologies
Andre H. Lawrence, Editor(s)

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