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Editorial: Crackdown on criminals impressive

The sheer scale of the international policing operation to dismantle a major drug trafficking and money laundering empire is truly impressive.

There has been a lot of anger among the public here that Irish criminals who have amassed great wealth from their activities can move abroad and flaunt their riches, believing they are untouchable.

The Garda National Drugs Unit deserves great credit for its leading role in the operation codenamed Shovel, because it has sent out a clear message that there is no hiding place for these kinds of criminals.

Over 700 law enforcement officers were involved in the operation which was coordinated by Europol, and spanned Ireland, the UK and Spain.

The operation has shown that international law enforcement cooperation is very effective in disrupting criminal organisations.

Let's hope it is the start of a successful campaign to bring drug king pins to book.