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February 18, 2010 15:12 ET

Minister Toews Applauds CBSA Officers for Significant Drug Seizure at the Port of Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in response to news that Canada Border Services Agency officers working at the Port of Montreal, had seized more than 1,700 kg of hashish with an estimated street value of over $36 million.

"I congratulate the outstanding work of border services officers in preventing over 1700 kilograms of illicit drugs from reaching our streets," said the Hon. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "This Government acknowledges that the smuggling of drugs and guns across our border fuels organized crime in Canada. We are committed to giving law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safe.

Our Government established the National Anti-Drug Strategy and invested $102 million over five years to help law enforcement to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs.

Other measures to combat organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs include:

  • $400 million over five years for a Police Officer Recruitment Fund;

  • The recruitment of over 1,500 new RCMP;

  • Support for programs to prevent youth from joining gangs; and,

  • Passing legislation to increase penalties for gang and organized crime related violence as well as mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes.

The Government's message is clear – the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated."

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