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Public Safety Canada

January 06, 2011 16:12 ET

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

Efforts of law enforcement prevent $3.5 million (80 kilograms) of cocaine from reaching our streets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 6, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today following the announcement by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that border services officers at the Carson Port of Entry in British Columbia had intercepted over 80 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.5M.

"I commend the collaborative work of CBSA border services officers and the RCMP in this significant seizure of cocaine. They have once again made our families and streets safer." said Minister Toews. "Our government recognizes that the smuggling of illegal drugs across our border endangers public safety and fuels organized crime in Canada"

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 Government stands firm in its ongoing commitment to tackling drug-related crime. We do not tolerate the production, trafficking or distribution of illegal drugs in this country," added Minister Toews.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has charged the two vehicle occupants and will be investigating further. For more information, please see the CBSA news release (www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).

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