Lethbridge, Alberta – With the assistance of RCMP Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) and Canada Border Services Agency, the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) investigators have arrested and charged Daniel McNeill on March 27, 2015, with possession of child pornography, mailing obscene matter and smuggling prohibited good.
The 31-year-old man from Lethbridge, Alberta, was released to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on April 24, 2015. These charges stem from a month long investigation which was initiated on February 19, 2015, when officers with the Canada Border Services Agency in Calgary, examined a parcel with suspicious contents and referred the parcel to the RCMP for their investigation.
There is no greater role for a government than the protection and safety of its citizens. A safe, secure and efficient border is essential for protecting Canada’s economic prosperity and security. The RCMP was given the mandate for law enforcement between the ports of entry in a 1932 Order in Council.
The concept for IBET was developed in the Blaine, Washington / Aldergrove, BC border corridor in the mid 1990s. Through listening to concerns from communities and the problems faced by local, municipal, provincial, state and federal police groups, IBET evolved to focus on the critical issues and areas of cross-border smuggling. Successes continue to be achieved through proactive planning, active participation, resource sharing and cooperation.
The tragic events of September 11th changed the view of national security for both Canada and the United States and, as a result, there is an even greater emphasis on combating trans-national crime and ensuring border integrity. Both countries recognize the critical need to establish and maintain close collaboration in border integrity matters.
In response to those events, the IBET initiative was officially mandated within the Smart Border Declaration. The Declaration is based on four pillars: secure flow of people; secure flow of goods; secure infrastructure; and coordination and information sharing in the enforcement of these objectives.
Protecting the safety and security of Canadians does not start or end at Canada’s borders. Simply patrolling along the border hoping for a chance encounter with criminal activity is not an effective use of finite law enforcement resources. IBETs are a critical component of maintaining the integrity and security of our borders by assisting with national security investigations and combating organized crime and other criminal activity between the ports of entry.