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Public Safety Canada

February 03, 2010 11:05 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Applauds the CBSA and RCMP on Significant Cocaine Seizure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to the seizure of approximately 34 kilograms of cocaine at the Huntingdon Border Crossing by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the arrest by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Federal Drug Enforcement Branch of an individual allegedly involved in drug trafficking.

"I would like to commend the work of the CBSA and RCMP in the cocaine seizure and arrest at the Huntingdon Border," said Minister Toews. "By working together, these law enforcement agencies are keeping drugs off of our streets and out of our communities.

Our Government established the National Anti-Drug Strategy and 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:

- investing $400 million over five years for a Police Officer Recruitment Fund;

- hiring over 1,500 new RCMP;

- supporting programs to prevent youth from joining gangs; and

- passing legislation cracking down on serious gun crimes and murders connected to organized crime.

Our message is clear - the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated. We are committed to giving law enforcement the tools they need to keep our communities safe."

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