Introducing the ‘meth gun’

Posted on July 25, 2006 

Introducing the ‘meth gun’

A local company is poised to introduce a new kind of point and shoot — one that picks up the faintest signs of drugs on any surface.

CDEX Inc., which has its manufacturing and research operations in Tucson, has filed for a patent for a “portable, hand-held methamphetamine and illicit drug detector,” a device that can scan for trace amounts of meth and other drugs using ultraviolet light.

While the science behind finding drugs with ultraviolet light is nothing new, company officials said, this “meth gun” is the first product to make the technology portable.

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