With many states legalizing recreational and medical use marijuana and cannabis, the need to secure their inventory is necessary to meet government compliance. All DEA cages must meet strict US Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) requirements for the physical security of Schedule III through V controlled substances as outlined in Title 21 CFR Sections 1301.72-1301.76.
Our BeastWire Mesh Partitions meet these DEA requirements, plus we offer over 25-years of experience providing these types of solutions. When properly installed, our cages will always pass DEA inspections.
How Can We Make Such A Bold Statement?
First, BeastWire Mesh cages are available in our standard 2”x2” square 10-gauge and a heavier 6-gauge welded wire mesh. Our 2” square mesh has a 1.87 ID dimension measured across the square. It is also available in our 1-1/2” woven wire diamond mesh, along with smaller mesh sizes in expanded metal or other wire mesh options.
“Having walls constructed of not less than No. 10 gauge steel fabric…Having a mesh construction with openings of not more than two and one-half inches across the square.” (DEA Spec)
Next, BeastWire posts come in a 14-gauge thick 2” square or larger tube that’s pre-drilled for secure through bolting to the panels and can range in widths up to a maximum of 10-feet. The posts weld to base plates that are pre-drilled for 3/8” lag bolts. Also, the larger panels come reinforced with a one-half inch stiffener bar every 60”.
“Mounted on steel posts, which posts are: at least one inch in diameter…installed with lag bolts that are pinned or brazed; and which are placed no more than ten feet apart with horizontal one and one-half inch reinforcements every sixty inches.” (DEA Spec)
Additionally, BeastWire cages can come equipped with a full ceiling made of the same material as the panels. Or we can design the enclosure to the full height of the enclosed area. However, the installers may need to fill in gaps due to uneven floors or at the top of the cage due to field cut-outs.
“Having a ceiling constructed of the same material, or in the alternative, a cage shall be erected which reaches and is securely attached to the structural ceiling of the building. A lighter gauge of mesh may be used for the ceilings of large enclosures if walls are at least 14 feet in height.” (DEA Spec)
Finally, our cage may be quoted with swing or slide doors that use a mechanical, hydraulic, gravity-based, or powered operated self-closing device, and it comes with the appropriate locking mechanism. Keep in mind that all doors require an electronic alarm system and key control measures outside our product scope. Due to DEA requirements, all doors must be self-closing and self-latching, so we do not include bi-parting gates, Dutch doors, and services windows in BeastWire DEA enclosures.
“Is equipped with a door constructed of No. 10 gauge steel fabric on a metal door frame in a metal door flange, and…is equipped with self-closing, self-locking doors constructed of substantial material commensurate with the type of building construction, provided, however, a door which is kept closed and locked at all times when not in use and when in use is kept under direct observation of a responsible employee or agent of the registrant is permitted in lieu of a self-closing, self-locking door. Doors may be sliding or hinged. Regarding hinged doors, where hinges are mounted on the outside, such hinges shall be sealed, welded, or otherwise constructed to inhibit removal.” (DEA Spec)
And We Don’t Stop There!
While many comparable products meet DEA requirements on the market, we take it a step further to offer exceptional quality and customer service.
Beyond the general standard requirements, we minimize the maintenance sweep space below with channel or angle frame. All hardware, other than exposed anchors, is located on the secure side of the cage for enhanced security.
Also, to help facilitate the DEA inspection approval, we provide drawings in advance of the order and fabrication so that all appropriate parties can review it.
The advantages of SpaceGuard Products DEA compliant enclosures make it ideally suited for pharmacies, laboratories, hospitals, and other medical facilities, pharmaceutical distribution centers and warehouses, evidence storage for police stations, border patrol, and courthouses, as well as, record storage/disposal sites. Additionally, we offer unrivaled quality and a Quick-Ship program on all our standard stock materials.
Call us today and let one of our experienced customer service representatives assist you with your next DEA compliant storage cage.