Funding has been allocated to non-intrusive inspection (NII) technology, and its effectiveness is being tested, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.
NII technology uses x-ray technology to allow law enforcement to scan vehicles for illicit drugs. Congress invested $705 million over three years in NII as part of Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) recommendations for improving drug detection methods along the southern border.
On Aug. 14, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) sent a letter to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf requesting an update on NII’s implementation.
“Technology like NII will make patrolling the border safer for officers, and we must continue using every resource possible to assist them,” Williams said after receiving the update. “We still have a long way to go in the battle against opioids, but I will keep fighting until the day the epidemic no longer has control over our communities.”
To keep deadly drugs out of the United States, Williams said, federal agents and law enforcement must be equipped with the tools necessary to conduct their jobs thoroughly and efficiently.
In 2019, there more 50,000 deaths nationwide as a result of fentanyl and synthetic opioid overdoses.
Williams is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.