ONEIDA COUNTY, NY (WWTI) – Oneida County Jail has announced that it will be the first correctional facility in New York City to institute a new drug detection device.
The device is known as MX908 and is a tool capable of detecting traces of a wide range of drugs in seconds. According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the device is used by many United States law enforcement agencies for field drug testing and to identify traces of illegal drugs smuggled into correctional institutions.
The MX908 is the only portable high pressure mass spectrometer that can be used for public safety on the market today. It is capable of analyzing gas, vapor, solid, liquid and aerosol samples. The tool can identify most drugs of abuse, including more than 2,000 new fentanyl analogues and even illicit drug mixtures containing cutting agents through a single swab.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said he looks forward to the tool’s effect on the installation and the improvement it will make to public safety.
“This advanced technology gives us the ability to positively identify even residual amounts of drugs in seconds and can be a game changer in a rapidly changing drug threat environment,” Picente said. “The device supports the safety of first responders by enabling them to identify drug exposures and take appropriate precautions, enhance evidence for drug investigations, and enhance our public health surveillance activities. to help understand and combat emerging drug threats in our community, including any illicit drugs entering our correctional facility.”
Oneida County will be the first correctional facility in New York State to use the MX908 device to detect contraband drugs and to collect data results to support its drug trend monitoring program. Overdose Response Team Opioid Task Force. The County Health Department’s Office of Justice Assistance and CDC partnerships to support data-driven responses to emerging drug threats made it possible for the county to purchase the device.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said the device will not only help protect those at the facility, but also the correctional officers who work there.
“Correctional officers today face more danger than ever and I have an obligation to ensure that we do everything we can to protect our officers,” Maciol said. “I am grateful to the Picente County Executive for once again securing funding for this state-of-the-art device that will be able to detect dangerous and sometimes deadly contraband entering through the mail.”