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Ottawa, Ontario, October 31, 2013 – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today commended the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) following the seizure of 200 kilograms of marijuana at the Edmonton International Airport. This is one of the largest single amounts of marijuana seized by the CBSA this year.

“I commend the CBSA officers at the Edmonton International Airport whose vigilance led to this significant seizure,” said Minister Blaney. “Intercepting illegal drugs destined for our streets is essential to tackling the issue of serious crime. Our government has been clear: individuals who attempt to smuggle illicit substances into Canada will face the full force of the law.”

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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