Morpho Detection’s Solutions Help U.K. Police Forces Identify Cash from Illegal Drug Activity
Newark, Calif. – February 1, 2012
Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group's security unit, today announced that Operation International, a collaborative program with police forces throughout the U.K., has to date resulted in hundreds of thousands of pounds generated by cocaine dealing being repossessed.
To identify illicit funds connected with cocaine distribution, MDI works with 27 police forces and other law enforcement agencies throughout the U.K. to test currency in general circulation for traces of cocaine. As part of this ongoing program, when cash is found during a police investigation, it is tested for trace amounts of cocaine using MDI's Itemiser® 3 or Itemiser ® 3 Enhanced desktop trace detection system. If the amount of cocaine found is five times or more that of currency in general circulation, that cash is seized by law enforcement.
"We are honoured that police departments throughout the U.K. have recognized MDI for having the technology to assist in combating dangerous criminal activity," said Brad Buswell, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "MDI is committed to providing the most innovative solutions that help law enforcement officials enhance operational efficiencies. The proven success of this program and our close work with various police departments is an example of delivering on this commitment."
"Seizing the assets of drug dealers takes away the main benefit of crime – the ability to make large sums of money," said Detective Sergeant Neil Clarkson, Humberside Police Economic Crime Unit. "This is almost as big of a threat to the criminal as going to prison. Linking a suspect's assets to a supply of cocaine helps put money obtained illegally to work protecting our communities.''
The UK Government Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (previously HOSDB) has been involved in Operation International throughout to advise on the sampling, interpretation of results and assist in the development of protocols so the results can be safely used in civil prosecutions. Research and testing is ongoing to raise the fundamental knowledge of drug contamination on banknotes and increase the value of the evidence in court.
For more information on Morpho's detection products, visit : www.morpho.com/detection.
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About Morpho Detection, Inc.
Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, a business of the Safran group (PAR: SAF), is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography (CT), Raman Spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™ technology), X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. With the 2011 acquisition of Syagen Technology, Inc., the Morpho Detection portfolio now includes mass spectrometry products and technology for high-speed molecular analysis for a broad range of chemical analysis applications, ranging from homeland security to pharmaceutical analysis. With industry-leading products such as the Itemiser® DX trace detection system, the CTX line of explosive detection systems (EDS), and the StreetLab® Mobile hand-held chemical and biological substance identification unit, Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.