BILLERICA, Mass., Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today that an Aviation Police Authority recently used the Company's Gemini® 100100 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 anesthetic 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."
AS&E's ground-breaking Gemini systems provide the most comprehensive threat detection available for hand-carried items, mail, parcel, and baggage screening. 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. The Gemini systems' dual-energy transmission X-rays generate a colorized, high-resolution image, easily detecting metallic threats — such as guns and knives — and fine details, including tiny wires which could indicate an IED. Dual-energy also provides organic and metallic discrimination in uncluttered environments. The Gemini system's Z Backscatter X-rays generate an image that provides enhanced detection of organic materials, such as explosives, drugs, and plastic weapons. Together, the Gemini system's two technologies provide the most information available about the contents of a parcel.
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced, X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter® X-rays. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com.
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