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July 31, 2009 18:20 ET

Minister Van Loan Commends CBSA's Fight to Keep Drugs Off Canadian Streets: Largest ever cocaine seizure in the Niagara - Fort Erie region

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in response to news that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) had seized 167 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $20 million, at the Peace Bridge Commercial Operations resulting in the largest ever cocaine seizure in the Niagara - Fort Erie Region.

"I commend the continued and ongoing successful fight of CBSA officers - this specific one represents the largest ever cocaine seizure in the Niagara - Fort Erie Region," said Minister Van Loan. "Preventing approximately 167 kilograms of cocaine from reaching our streets and our communities sends a strong message that this Government is serious about cracking down on guns, drugs and gangs.

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:

- A Police Officer Recruitment Fund;

- Over 1,500 new RCMP;

- The expansion of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;

- Mandatory prison sentence for gun crimes;

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

- Re-introducing legislative amendments that would impose mandatory jail time for people involved in serious drug crimes.

This Government recognizes that illegal drugs undermine the safety of our communities and fuel organized crime. We will continue to give our law enforcement the tools they need to be effective."

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