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DEA and ICE Put Out Contracts for Street Light Camera Surveillance Equipment

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration have awarded over $40,000 in contracts to a Houston-based firm for the development of street light audio-video surveillance equipment.

Cowboy Streetlight Concealments LLC was most recently awarded $22,089.60 by the DEA’s Office of Investigative Technology on Sept. 24. The contract specified a use of video recording and reproducing equipment and other communications equipment manufacturing. The company’s first contract was dated June 26 and the firm was awarded $16,800.

It is not yet clear how the equipment has been used.

“We do streetlight concealments and camera enclosures,” Christie Crawford, who owns Cowboy Streetlight Concealments with her Houston police officer husband, told Quartz. “Basically, there’s businesses out there that will build concealments for the government and that’s what we do. They specify what’s best for them, and we make it. And that’s about all I can probably say.”

Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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