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Public Safety Canada

April 21, 2009 11:30 ET

Minister Van Loan Applauds CBSA Officers for Two Significant Cocaine Seizures at Windsor Border

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in response to the announcement that the Canada Border Services Agency had seized approximately 200 kilograms of cocaine with an approximate street value of $25 million in two separate incidents at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario.

"I want to thank the diligent work of the Border Services Officers who prevented two key attempts to smuggle illicit drugs into Canada. The officers' thorough efforts, coupled with sophisticated detection technology, helped keep drugs off our streets and our communities safe. These busts follow another recent seizure last month at the same crossing where 78 kilograms of cocaine were discovered with an estimated worth of $9.8 million.

This Government's message is clear - the trafficking and distribution of illicit drugs will not be tolerated. As part of our commitment, we have invested $102 million over five years under the National Anti-Drug Strategy, to help law enforcement make our communities safer, by keeping illegal drugs off our streets. Our Government has taken several other steps to tackle crime, including:

- $25 million for Integrated Border Enforcement Teams, which disrupt cross-border smuggling;

- Arming border officers and hiring 400 new officers to eliminate dangerous "work-alone" situations;

- Over 1,000 new RCMP positions; and,

- Legislation, now before Parliament, that would help ensure those involved in serious drug crimes face mandatory jail time.

This Government is committed to managing our border in a way that strengthens security and facilitates trade, jobs and economic growth."

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