Millions of images of children being sexually abused have been seized after search warrants were executed on five New Brunswick homes Wednesday, say the RCMP.

Members of the RCMP J Division's Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) and several other agencies served search warrants on homes in Moncton, Havelock, Grand Bay-Westfield, Dumfries and Petit-Rocher-Ouest.

"These are images and videos of children being sexually abused and assaulted," said Cpl. Jean-Marc Paré, Operations NCO of the J Division ICE unit.

'Anyone who is viewing, sharing or producing child sexual abuse images should know that they can be detected and charged.' —RCMP Cpl. Jean-Marc Paré

"Anyone who is viewing, sharing or producing child sexual abuse images should know that they can be detected and charged, which is just one of many ways that RCMP in New Brunswick is working towards making it the safest province in Canada."

Four people were arrested, including a 51-year-old Moncton man, a 45-year-old man from Havelock, a 49-year-old from Dumfries and a youth under the age of 18 from Grand Bay-Westfield.

No charges have been laid.

The 51-year-old man arrested in Moncton remains in custody, while the other three people arrested were released on strict conditions. Those conditions include no contact with children under 16, and no access to the internet or computers. They will appear in court at a later date.

During the searches, investigators seized a variety of computers and related equipment. In one instance alone, police said they found millions of images.

The arrests come as part of Operation J Treasures, an ongoing peer-to-peer investigation into the illegal trade of child sexual abuse images in the province, which began in November 2010.

The Atlantic Region Integrated Technical Crime Unit, Codiac Regional RCMP, Fredericton Police Force, the National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre and members of other RCMP districts throughout the province assisted in the investigation.