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Minister Blaney Statement on a Drug Seizure at Toronto Airport

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/14 -- Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement commending the efforts of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), following the seizure of 37.5 kilograms of cocaine at Toronto Pearson International Airport and the subsequent arrest of four individuals.

"I applaud the excellent work by officers of the CBSA and RCMP in intercepting this illegal drug and keeping it off of our streets. This is a great example of the fine work our law enforcement officers do on a daily basis to help keep our communities safe", said Minister Blaney.

"Our government has no tolerance for the production and trafficking of illicit drugs and removing them from our streets is essential to tackling the issue of organized crime."

Through the National Anti-Drug Strategy, the Government of Canada is allocating approximately $100 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.

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