Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

December 16, 2010 13:00 ET

Minister Toews Welcomes Graduation of CBSA's First Tobacco Detector Dog Teams

RIGAUD, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) -

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The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today congratulated the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on training the first detector dog teams in Canada whose job it is to find contraband tobacco products. The two teams, which received training at the CBSA's National Institute of Learning and Excellence in Rigaud, will be deployed to ports of entry in Montréal and Vancouver, the regions with the highest amount of contraband activity, including illegal tobacco.

The CBSA detector dog teams fulfill one of the key commitments made by the Government of Canada in May 2010 as part of an overall plan to combat contraband tobacco. Other initiatives include a special enforcement unit headed by the RCMP and an awareness campaign on the damaging effects of contraband tobacco in Canadian communities.

"The government continues to be vigilant because we recognize that the proceeds of contraband tobacco fuel organized crime and undermine the safety and security of our communities," said Minister Toews. "These specialized teams give the CBSA more effective tools for disrupting and reducing illegal tobacco activity."

Two detector dog teams from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) also completed training. "The participation of CSC at this graduation is a testament to the CBSA's international reputation as a leader in detection training and the contributions it makes to public safety," said Minister Toews.

The CBSA's new tobacco detector dog teams are: Daniel Valois and Fire, a Springer spaniel, and Arthur Tsu and Magnum, a Labrador retriever. Both teams are looking forward to deploying to Montréal and Vancouver to assist the Agency in the fight against contraband tobacco.

Detector dogs have been protecting Canada's border for over 30 years by helping border services officers find drugs, firearms, currency, food, plant and/or animal products, and now contraband tobacco, which are concealed and can be hazardous.

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