Oneida County Jail Uses New Drug Detection Device – Oneida Dispatch

Utica, NY – Officials at the Oneida County Correctional Facility will now have a new tool to help with drug detection.

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, and Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara recently announced the onboarding of a new innovative drug detection device in the county correctional facility, the first in the state to do so.

Known as MX908, officials said the tool can reliably detect traces of a wide range of drugs in seconds and is used by many US law enforcement agencies for the field drug testing and to identify traces of illicit drugs smuggled into correctional facilities. .

“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 in a press release. “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.”

Local officials said Oneida County will be the first correctional facility in New York State to use the MX908 device to detect drug smuggling and to collect data results to support the trend monitoring program. on drugs from its Opioids Task Force.

Picente noted that the device was purchased with the County Health Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and CDC Partnerships to Support Data-Driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats grant, which promotes collaborations between public health and law enforcement. law that advance a common understanding of local population patterns and characteristics. problematic drug use.

“Correctional officers today face more dangers than ever before and I have an obligation to ensure that we do everything we can to protect our officers,” Maciol said in the press release. “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.”

“The Oneida County Opioid Task Force continues to fight the scourge of drugs in our community on many fronts, and I am proud to serve as Co-Chair with County Executive Picente and Sheriff Maciol,” added McNamara. “This latest tool will help protect the prison and help my office with drug investigation matters.”

908 Devices Inc. is a pioneer in portable and desktop mass spectrometry devices specifically designed for chemical and biomolecular analysis. The MX908 uses patented technology that is the only portable High Pressure Mass Spectrometry™ on the market for use in public safety. It is capable of analyzing gas/vapour, solid/liquid, and aerosol samples, and with a simple swab, can identify most drugs of abuse, including over 2,000 new fentanyl analogs and even illicit drug mixtures that contain cutting agents.

“We are proud to support the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and provide trace detection and identification of suspicious drugs, such as fentanyl, for law enforcement and corrections applications,” said John Kenneweg, Vice Government Chairman for 908 Devices Inc. “We developed the MX908 Handheld Device to provide first responders with fast, accurate results when they need them, while keeping officers safe.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente speaks. (Photo provided)

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