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Ottawa, Ontario, December 17, 2013 – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today commended the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and partners, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region, Kingston Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Service (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for seizing 15 kilograms of cocaine and conducting arrests in Kingston, Gananoque and Trenton. Under the project name “KENDAL”, an investigation was launched in February 2013 and was assisted by United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Border Patrol.

“Individuals who attempt to traffic illicit substances in Canada will face the full force of the law," said Minister Blaney. "I commend each of the law enforcement partners involved, for their important roles in making these arrests and seizures, and for ensuring the safety and security of our communities."

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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