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Information Notice No.80-18 – Possible Weapons Smuggling Pouch
SSINS No. 6870 Accessions No.: 8002280673 UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 May 5, 1980 Information Notice No. 80-18 POSSIBLE WEAPONS SMUGGLING POUCH The NRC recently received information concerning a device used for smuggling that can preclude detection of weapons by security X-ray machines. The device is described as a gray, metalfoil pouch measuring approximately 20" x 12" which can be folded to wallet size when not in use. When in use, X-ray images produce only a mottled picture with no indications of a solid mass such as that of a weapon or similar contraband. The same material used to construct the pouch has been used to line hollow compartments of hand-carried packages and parcels such as attache and cosmetic cases. The pouch is reported to look something like a leadlined pouch sold in the U.S. to protect film from harmful X-ray effect, except that the U.S. manufactured pouch distinctly reveals the silhouette of any solid mass content such as that produced by a gun when subjected to X-ray.
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