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December 02, 2010 16:54 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Applauds Collaborative Efforts of Law Enforcement on Project O-Tag

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in recognition of Project O-Tag, an operation led by the RCMP Greater Toronto Area Drug Section - Toronto Airport Drug Enforcement Unit (TADEU). Through this major drug bust, Canadian law enforcement agencies were successful in seizing drugs including alleged MDMA (ecstasy), Cannabis Resin (hashish) and Khat. The involved law enforcement agencies included the Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police Services, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency.

"The combined efforts of law enforcement have once again resulted in making our families and streets safer. I congratulate the officers involved in preventing these substances from reaching our communities," said Minister Toews. "The smuggling of drugs across our border fuels organized crime in Canada, and internationally. Our government 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."

Through the National Anti-Drug Strategy, the Government of Canada is allocating $102 million over five years to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs. From this funding, significant investments have been made to improve border security to curb the cross-border transportation of illegal drugs and proactively target illicit drug producers.

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

For more information, please see the RCMP news release (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/2010/10-12-02-gta-rgt-de-pd-eng.htm).

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