High-tech underwater device fishes for contraband

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Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 15 at 1:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — It may look like a fish and move like one, but the innovative BIOSwimmer could prove far more useful in the fight against drug-runners and even terrorists.

The 90-pound, 5-foot-long high-tech device is the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a Massachusetts technology firm. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/165en5B ) reports it will be on display later this year in the Port of Houston for potential buyers.

BIOSwimmer has sonar and camera gear that allows it to detect protrusions on a ship's bottom. Traffickers have used the bottom of ships to smuggle drugs and the concern is that this may become a common practice with weapons.

The device has its own internal power pack and is unfettered by a power cord tethered to it.

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