Cameras Used to Battle Drug Smuggling on Border!

Cameras Used to Battle Drug Smuggling on Border!
Posted by FoM on July 13, 1999 at 08:28:13 PT
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A sophisticated camera system set up at the U.S.-Canada border at Blaine is the latest aid in the war on drug-smuggling.
A 25-mile stretch of the border from Blaine to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains will be monitored by the new system, Doris Meissner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services commissioner said Thursday.The system will be used to combat the smuggling of drugs and aliens in both directions across the border.Meissner made the announcement at the Pacific Highway border crossing, which she said also will receive seven more agents to combat illegal trafficking.The high-grade B.C. marijuana that is shipped south to the United States is one reason for the surveillance system, she said.The system -- an improved version of that used along the U.S.-Mexico border -- is expected to be in place within a year, said Eugene Davis, U.S. border patrol deputy chief.Much of the Canada-U.S. border where the system will be used is already monitored with motion or pressure sensors, but these often trigger false alarms when they are tripped by animals.Dispatching border agents to verify such alarms can strain resources, Davis said, adding that the cameras -- which may have night vision -- will enable agents to see what is moving across the sensors.In more accessible areas, the cameras will be linked by fiber optics; otherwise they will be linked to border patrol headquarters by microwave transmitters.İ 1999 The Associated Press.All rights reserved.Pubdate: July 12, 1999July 10, 1999Many Favor Open Border with States, but not Police
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