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    DRUG COPS LOSING

    Trying to stop "tonnes and tonnes" of cocaine from getting to the
    streets of Toronto with just 14 cops is "a joke," says the RCMP
    officer who heads Pearson airport's drug squad. But that's the hand
    they've been dealt -- a drug team of 14 multi-force cops who must
    patrol three terminals and filter through tens of thousands of
    travellers every day, all the while splitting shifts and covering each
    other for vacation time. They barely have enough time to fill out paperwork.

    'IT'S A JOKE'

    "Fourteen, that's the total drug squad. It's a joke. I can speak for
    all drug squads in that we are all hindered by a lack of funding and a
    lack of manpower," said RCMP Staff-Sgt. Bill Matheson, a 38-year
    veteran who has been working drug enforcement at the airport since
    1989.

    "We are certainly not winning. It's a fact of life. We are doing the
    best with what we have. Cocaine is being pumped through (the airport)
    literally by the tonne and there sure is a lot more we could be doing
    about it," he said.

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