Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

November 24, 2010 16:18 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Congratulates the Canada Border Services Agency and Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Significant Seizure of Precursor Chemical P2P

Combined efforts of law enforcement keep 6 000 kilograms worth approximately $9.8 million dollars off our streets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2010) - Today the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in recognition of a joint operation between Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which resulted in the seizure of more than 6,000 kilograms of the precursor chemical phenyl 2 propanone (P2P). P2P is a precursor used primarily in the production of Ecstasy, as well as methamphetamine.

"Once again, the combined efforts of law enforcement have resulted in making our streets and communities safe. I congratulate the RCMP's Federal Drug Enforcement Branch and the CBSA for their outstanding work," said Minister Toews. "Our government recognizes that the proceeds of the sale of illegal drugs finances organized crime and jeopardizes the safety of our communities. This large seizure once again demonstrates how the outstanding cooperation between law enforcement agencies in drug enforcement makes our communities safer."

The production, trafficking and use of illicit drugs fuel organized crime in Canada and abroad and are a serious threat to public safety. Through the National Anti-Drug Strategy, the Government of Canada is allocating $232 million over five years in three priority areas: preventing illicit drug use, treating illicit drug dependency, and combating the production and distribution of illicit 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.

"This government is committed to giving our law enforcement the tools they need to do their jobs," said Minister Toews. "Our message is clear — the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs will not be tolerated."

For more information, please see the joint CBSA and RCMP news release (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/prosecutions-poursuites/pac/2010-11-24-eng.html)

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