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December 09, 2009 11:46 ET

Public Safety Minister Van Loan Congratulates Canada Border Service Agency on Large Cocaine Seizure

Border Services Officers in Sarnia, Ontario, prevent 50 kilograms of cocaine from reaching Canadian streets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to the seizure of approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $6.25 million by the Canada Border Services Agency at the Blue Water Bridge border crossing in Sarnia, Ontario.

"I congratulate the outstanding work of border services officers in preventing 50 kilograms of cocaine from reaching our streets," said the Hon. Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety. "This Government acknowledges that the smuggling of drugs and guns across our border fuels organized crime in Canada, and is committed to giving law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safe.

That is why we committed $102 million over five years under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs. Additional steps taken against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs include:

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

- Over 1,500 new RCMP;

- Support of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;

- Mandatory prison sentence for gun crimes;

- New legislation to increase penalties for gang and organized crime related violence and drug trafficking;

- Re-introducing legislative amendments that would impose mandatory jail time for people involved in serious crime.

The Government's message is clear - the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities will not be tolerated. We will continue to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to tackle organized crime and drug traffickers."

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