VeroVision Mail Screener Product Reveals Narcotics Smuggling Attempt at California Jail

ChemImage announced that on November 1st, 2016, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in Eureka, CA became the third installation site for ChemImage's VeroVision Mail Screener, a system that offers easy, objective, one-click detection of drugs concealed on or within mail. Just two days later, while the VeroVision Mail Screener was being used to routinely scan inmate mail, it detected an illicit material concealed within a particular envelope.

According to a November 16 press release issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

“On November 3, 2016, just two days after the installation of the VeroVision Mail Screener, Suboxone, also known as Buprenorphine, was found concealed within the seam of an envelope which was to be delivered to an inmate housed in the facility. The drug was in the form of a film strip that dissolves under the tongue, and is not easily detected with common visual inspection. Buprenorphine is a narcotic, a powerful and potentially addicting painkiller. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) over half of the 30,000 hospitalizations involving buprenorphine in 2010 were for non-medical use.”

Illicit drugs that are concealed and smuggled into prisons is one of the more costly issues facing correctional facilities. The sale and use of illicit substances by inmates contributes to increased violence and heightened medical costs. The VeroVision Mail Screener was designed to address drug detection at one of the common points of entry for drug contraband: the correctional facility mail room. The system provides easy objective, one-click drug detection in less than 10 seconds. The Mail Screener can detect a number of illicit drugs and common cutting agents concealed on or within envelopes and paper, under stamps and stickers, and even mixed with crayon, markers or paint.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating to determine the origin of the incoming mail and the contraband inside. They encourage anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. 

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ChemImage seeks to provide an Awareness of Things™ (AoT™) to a global audience, using the company's innovation platforms to provide people with unprecedented levels of vision, information and situational knowledge about their surroundings in their everyday lives. To accomplish this goal, the firm develops technologies for chemical and biological applications across many global industries; including life sciences, bio-medical, security, threat detection, anatomic pathology, forensics and diagnostics. 

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