Operation ICE Storm nets 10 Child Porn Offenders

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Calgary: Ten people from across Southern Alberta have been implicated in Operation “ICE Storm”, a four-month child pornography sting executed by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT). The operation targeted individuals sharing child pornography images and videos across a variety of peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The proactive investigation resulted in the arrest of 10 offenders, ranging in age from 22 to 65, with charges of possessing, accessing, and making available child pornography being laid. ALERT’s Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team, with the assistance of Calgary Police Service (CPS), Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS), and RCMP members, executed 13 search warrants throughout Southern Alberta beginning in December 2013. Over 330 computers and electronic devices were seized, which investigators estimate could contain thousands of child pornography photos and videos. ICE forensic analysts and technicians will begin the painstaking process of analyzing the seized devices for more evidence, and more charges could be forthcoming.