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March 25, 2009 10:41 ET

Minister Van Loan Congratulates Border Services Officers for Significant Cocaine Seizure at the Windsor Crossing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 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 78 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated worth of $9.8 million at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario.

"I want to congratulate the Border Services Officers who discovered this very significant quantity of illegal drugs. Their diligent work, combined with sophisticated detection technology, help to keep dangerous drugs off our streets and keep our communities safe.

The Government of Canada recognizes that illicit drugs undermine healthy families and safe communities, fuel organized crime and foster petty crime. For this reason, as part of our Government's National Anti-Drug Strategy, we have invested $102 million over five years to support law enforcement in combating the production and distribution of illicit drugs. Legislative reforms, recently introduced by this Government and now before Parliament, would help further disrupt gang and drug activities.

I encourage all Canadians to take note of yet another successful operation by the Canada Border Services Agency. Our message to organized crime and drug traffickers is clear: there will be serious consequences for these illegal pursuits, which jeopardize the safety of our communities."

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