Since its formation in the mid-1900s, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has fought hard to protect the American public from the vile hold of criminal drug activity and the poison of alcohol and drug use disorders. Under the jurisdictions of the federal government, the DEA enforces laws and regulations established by the civil justice and criminal justice systems and has been responsible for cracking down on dangerous culprits for decades. However, during this time, agents have had to be very creative when it comes to busting drug culprits. After all, you have to be on your toes when criminals are hiding heroin in places like car batteries, right? So what is the next best option when you want to catch the crooks in the process of committing a crime? Why not place surveillance cameras inside items like vacuum cleaners, for a start? Let’s take a closer look at why the DEA is using this strange but ingenious endeavor to find the bad guys and bring them to justice.
Not Just Lint in the Vacuum
For years, the DEA has tracked down culprits by hiding cameras in discreet locations that have included streetlamps, traffic barrels, and road signs. This time, though, the Administration is upping their game. Now, agents are placing small cameras inside one of the last places you would think to look: vacuum cleaners.
Around the end of November, Special Services Group, LLC (based in Denair, California) won a DEA purchase order of $42,595 for the development of a custom Shop Vac concealment featuring a Canon M50B. According to Canon (the creator of the camera), the M50B is a highly sensitive camera featuring a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) network, capable of capturing videos with incredible clarity and quality (even in the nastiest or darkest of settings). Currently, the DEA’s Office of Investigate Technology is funding this project.
A Closer Look at the Special Services Group
According to the official website, the Special Service Group is a huge supplier of technologically-driven solutions that provide aid to agencies in law enforcement, military, and government divisions (all in the United States of America). Due to the nature of the missions and the sensitivity of this information, however, the company has not provided additional information concerning how these cameras will apply to future drug busts.
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