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The Meth Scanner

by | 26th, October 2007

HOLD the breath tester, and get me the meth tester:

The Missouri Highway Patrol has been quietly testing a new scanning device that can detect the presence of meth with only the click of a button.

To law enforcement, it could be the future of crime-fighting technology.

To meth dealers and manufacturers, this might signal the turning point in the war against one of the country’s greatest drug scourges.

But before police can begin widespread use of the scanner, it has to overcome several hurdles.

The company needs to confirm its reliability while securing enough investment to bring the device to market. The scanner models will cost between $2,000-$5,500, but the price could drop after several years.

Civil libertarians and defense attorneys are also raising concerns about the device’s use in the prosecution of drug offenses, although no prosecutors yet have submitted evidence derived from the scanner.

Regardless of the obstacles, the meth scanner will likely debut in the coming months.


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