Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 15, 2010 16:33 ET

Statement: Minister Toews Commends the RCMP on Significant Cocaine Seizure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today concerning an announcement by the RCMP, of two arrests involving alleged drug smuggling in Port Hardy, BC.

"I would like to congratulate the RCMP officers whose efforts lead to the seizure of over 1000 kg of cocaine." said Minister Toews. "I would also like to thank the Canadian Forces personnel who first detected the vessel. Stemming the flow of illegal drugs is a priority for this Government in helping to keep our families and communities safe. The tireless work of law enforcement in this endeavor is greatly appreciated by all Canadians.

The Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that our law enforcement agencies have the tools and resources to tackle crime and to keep our streets free from drugs. This is why we have committed $102 million over five years under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs. Additional steps taken against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs include:

  • $400 million over five years for a Police Officer Recruitment Fund;
  • Over 1,500 new RCMP positions;
  • Support for programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;
  • Mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes; and
  • Increased penalties for gang and organized crime related violence.

We will continue to support the RCMP and other law enforcement organizations as they work to target drug crime and keep our communities safe."

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