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INDIANAPOLIS – When they arrived at Jared Fogle's home last month, law enforcement officials were armed with more than a search warrant: They rolled up with a mobile forensics laboratory that has revolutionized how Indiana investigates child-exploitation and pornography crimes and helped make the state a national model.
The custom-built lab lets investigators preview data before computers or devices are shut off or erased. It also saves time compared with the old method of copying their contents.
But the lab is not the only reason the central Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task force is widely considered the nation's best. The group has also perfected a method of following cyber trails to find offenders and victims in other states and countries.
The task force includes local, state and federal agencies.