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Public Safety Canada

February 11, 2010 13:43 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Commends the CBSA and RCMP on Major Cocaine Seizure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to news that CBSA and RCMP officers from the National Ports Enforcement Team at the Port of Halifax, seized over 200 kilos of cocaine.

"I would like to congratulate CBSA and the RCMP on the outstanding efforts that led to this seizure," said Minister Toews. "Through their partnership and coordinated efforts, these law enforcement agencies have once again taken action to keep our communities safe."

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.

Other measures to combat organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs include:

  • $400 million over five years for a Police Officer Recruitment Fund;
  • The recruitment of over 1,500 new RCMP;
  • Support for programs to prevent youth from joining gangs; and,
  • New legislation to increase penalties for gang and organized crime related violence as well as mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes.

The Government's 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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