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Officer Jason Ross demonstrates how the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) is used at the Northbound Agricultural Inspection Station on I-75 in White Springs, Fla. This system uses gamma rays to scan images of commercial vehicles that are stopped at the inspection station. Every 20th vehicle that comes through the station is scanned.   Ross said that after years of practice, he can examine a photo and know what is likely in the truck, whether it’s the usual vegetable cargo or hidden paraphernalia such as drugs or even people. Bricks of marijuana have been found stored in artificial walls, in produce and in paper towels. The VACIS truck, along with physical inspections, help the officers maintain agriculture safety in Florida.

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