Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 13, 2009 19:39 ET

Minister Van Loan Commends Law Enforcement for Shutting Down an Alleged Contraband Tobacco and Drug Trafficking Ring

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2009) - The Hon. Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement about the arrests of 22 individuals allegedly involved in illicit tobacco and drug trafficking in the Quebec City and Monteregie areas.

"I would like to congratulate the hard-working members of the RCMP, the Surete du Quebec, the Service de police de la Ville de Quebec, the Service de police de Levis and the Service de police autochtone de Wendake who took part in this very successful operation. These arrests represent a significant blow to organized crime and those who traffic in illegal drugs and contraband tobacco.

These 22 individuals face a range of criminal charges, including unlawful possession of drugs, conspiracy to traffic and commission of an offence for the benefit of a criminal organization.

This government remains committed to targeting gangs and other organized criminal groups and we recently introduced new legislation that will protect Canadians from gangs and organized crime.

We have also proposed new laws which would impose mandatory jail time for producing and selling illegal drugs. Furthermore, the Government of Canada has committed approximately $102 million in new funding over five years to support the National Anti-Drug Strategy Enforcement Action Plan.

We will continue to take action to enhance the safety and security of our communities and all Canadians."

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