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Public Safety Canada

April 16, 2009 12:55 ET

Minister Van Loan Congratulates Police in Latest Gang Crackdown

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement after a series of arrests yesterday in Quebec and New Brunswick. There were also far reaching implications as arrests were also made in France and the Dominican Republic. The raids were targeted at alleged criminal activity of the Hells Angels organization.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Surete du Quebec, and members of the Escouade regionale mixte as well as the RCMP and Canada Border Service Agency for their dedicated work in arresting alleged gang members and confiscating illegal drugs and sums of money. Their contribution makes a significant impact in combating gangs, and keeping criminal gang activities out of our communities.

I would also like to convey my appreciation to our law enforcement partners overseas who have played their part in this international operation. Once again we have worked together and dealt a serious blow to organized crime.

This Government is sending a strong message that it is serious about combating organized crime and making communities safe. Our Government has taken several other steps in its fight against gangs, illegal guns and drugs including:

- A Police Officers Recruitment Fund;

- Over 1,000 new RCMP positions;

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

- Mandatory prison sentences for gun crimes.

We are giving police the tools they need to tackle crime and these arrests have made our communities safer. We will continue to send a strong message to organized crime that this type of illegal activity, which comes at the expense of law-abiding citizens, will not be tolerated."

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