Handheld X-ray

A handheld X-ray device similar to the one pictured has been donated to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office to help detect contraband in vehicles. VIKEN DETECTION WEBSITE

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office recently received a handheld X-ray device that can be used to find drugs and other contraband.

The manufacturer, Viken Detection, donated the device to five law enforcement agencies, including RCSO, that have been particularly impacted by the opioid epidemic and their commitment to interdiction efforts.

The HBI-120 enables law enforcement to find concealed explosives, narcotics and other contraband hidden in vehicles, said company CEO Jim Ryan.

The device uses a small 120 Kev X-ray tube capable of penetrating more than 3mm of steel. The steel exterior of most vehicles on the road today is only about 1mm thick. The instrument allows the officer to confirm that there is contraband located in the vehicle before disassembly or damage to the vehicle is done, possibly saving the agency from liability if contraband is not found, the company said.

The other agencies to receive the units are in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia and Indiana.