Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 08, 2008 18:04 ET

Minister Day Applauds Law Enforcement Officials in a Record Seizure of Illegal Chemicals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement following a record seizure in Vancouver of the illegal precursor chemical MDP2P - the main ingredient used in the production of Ecstasy.

"I would like to acknowledge the hard work and vigilance of the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Marine Targeting Unit and the Greater Vancouver Drug Section of CBSA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which led to this important seizure. This coordinated effort will have a significant impact on illegal drug activity.

This seizure of approximately 3,700 kilos (3.7 tons) sends a strong message to anyone involved in the illicit drug trade that the Government of Canada will not tolerate unlawful activity.

Our government recognizes that illegal drugs destroy lives, rob young people of their futures, tear families apart, make our streets and communities less safe, and fuel organized crime and street-level gangs.

That is why, as part of our Government's National Anti-Drug Strategy, we invested $3 million in the CBSA to enhance its ability to inhibit the cross-border flow of illicit drugs. As well, $8.9 million is being invested in the RCMP to enhance its ability to target illegal drug producers, such as grow ops and meth labs.

This latest drug seizure means our law enforcement officials have put a stop to approximately 30 million doses of Ecstasy being produced and trafficked on the streets and in our communities."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications