Gamma-ray scan detects illegal immigrants in trailer

| 4/3/2006

A gamma-ray scan of a truck – sort of like an X-ray – helped border protection officials nab two illegal immigrants this weekend in Buffalo, NY.

Officials used the scan during a secondary inspection on Saturday, April 1. It showed two Guyanese nationals hiding in a trailer entering the U.S. from Canada, according to WGRZ-TV in Buffalo.

Both nationals were charged with illegal entry and conspiracy, and the driver – a Trinidadian national living in Canada, was also charged.

Low-level gamma rays are similar to high-end X-rays, and they contain radiation that can be absorbed. Low levels are reportedly about as harmless as X-rays.