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Public Safety Canada

July 08, 2010 13:55 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Applauds Canadian Law Enforcement Agencies on the Bust of an International Drug Trafficking Ring

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to arrests made in the Greater Toronto Area, the Niagara Region and Quebec in connection with a bust of an alleged international drug trafficking ring

"I would like to commend Toronto Police Services, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Niagara Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police, who were involved in this major drug trafficking bust. The smuggling of drugs across our border fuels organized crime in Canada, and internationally. 

That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that our law enforcement agencies have the tools and resources to tackle crime and to keep our streets free from drugs. We have committed $102 million over five years under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs. This bust serves as another example that our efforts are working. Additional steps taken against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs include:

  • $400 million over five years for a Police Officer Recruitment Fund;
  • 1,000 new RCMP positions;
  • Support for programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;
  • Mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes; and
  • Increased penalties for gang and organized crime related violence.

Our message is clear – the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated. Through their partnership and coordinated efforts, these law enforcement agencies have once again taken action to keep drugs off our street protect our citizens."

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