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Fact Sheet - Internet Investigations Center

May, 2018
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Fast Facts

  1. The Internet Investigations Center investigates criminal acts, under ATF’s jurisdiction, in which the associated crimes are committed or facilitated through the internet.

  2. The IIC is an inclusive operational unit, staffed with special agents, industry operations investigators, and intelligence research specialists, that leads self-initiated investigations, and supports on-going field office investigations.

  3. The IIC is a collaborative investigative unit that investigates nationally, working with ATF field offices, other federal and local agencies, and United States Attorney’s Offices and local prosecutors to identify, investigate, and prosecute criminals.

The Internet Investigations Center’s (IIC) primary mission focus is the criminal use and misuse, and trafficking of firearms where criminals use the internet to carry out and/or facilitate the associated crimes. The IIC also conducts internet investigations concerning alcohol and tobacco diversion, and in arson and explosives.

A person typing on a keyboardThe IIC brings all of ATF’s investigative resources to bear. Special agents, industry operations investigators, and intelligence research specialists comprise the IIC staff who work collaboratively to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals or groups who have committed crimes under ATF’s jurisdiction.

Because internet investigations often span multiple jurisdictions and field divisions, the IIC investigates throughout the United States, and internationally in cases where foreign trafficking affects domestic communities.  Accordingly, the IIC collaborates with other ATF offices and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Through its embedded counsel, the IIC works with United States Attorney offices through the United States, and local prosecutor offices to identify and pursue best venues for prosecution.

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