A new tool will allow for better investigation into crimes against children in rural New Mexico.
Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas unveiled the brand new Internet Crimes Against Children Mobile Crime Lab.
The unit will allow agents to set up shop in outlying areas where underfunded police departments may not have access to the necessary technology to solve crimes related to child pornography.
“And so this is basically a mobile war room that will allow them to gather evidence, assess evidence, and then quickly secure it and get it all back to our office,” said Attorney General Balderas.
The crime lab is also equipped with a special K-9 detective named Joey and his handler.
Joey’s job is to sniff out hidden electronics like SD cards and flash drives with potentially life-saving evidence.
So far, Joey has been sent out on 39 search warrants and found nearly 300 items of evidence.