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January 26, 2010 15:01 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Commends the CBSA and RCMP on Large Opium Seizure and Arrest of Four Individuals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to the seizure of approximately 56.8 kilograms of opium at the Vancouver International Airport by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the arrest by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Federal Drug Enforcement Branch of four individuals allegedly involved in drug trafficking.

"I would like to congratulate law enforcement officials whose outstanding efforts have prevented dangerous illegal drugs from hitting our streets," said Minister Toews. "The RCMP and CBSA, through their partnership and coordinated efforts, have once again taken significant action to keep our communities safe.

This Government is committed to a National Anti-Drug Strategy, and that is why we have invested $102 million over five years to help law enforcement to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs.

We have also taken steps against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs including:

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

- Over 1,500 new RCMP;

- Support of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;

- Mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes;

- New legislation to increase penalties for gang and organized crime related violence;

The Government's message is clear - the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated. We are committed to giving law enforcement the tools they need to keep our communities safe."

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