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Sunday Mail Opinion: Grab evil drug duo's fortunes.

CUSTOMS crime-busters would have breathed a small sigh of relief as the jail doors slammed on cocaine barons Brian Doran and Kenneth Togher once again.

But they should not feel any sense of satisfaction.

The men behind some of the biggest consignments of cocaine ever to reach British shores deserve nothing more than years behind bars.

Their arrest after a massive and long-running operation was one of the biggest ever swoops Swoops are a chocolate candy manufactured by The Hershey Company. They are potato-chip shaped, and come in many candybar flavors. These flavors are as follows. Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Almond Joy, Reese's Peanut Butter, York Peppermint Pattie, White Chocolate Reeses, and Toffee  by Customs.

Their 25-year sentences were some of the longest handed down.

It was a dream bust for Customs. What followed was their worst nightmare.

It was not their fault the judge misdirected the jury but it was their incompetence in·com·pe·tence or in·com·pe·ten·cy
1. The quality of being incompetent or incapable of performing a function, as the failure of the cardiac valves to close properly.

 and gung-ho surveillance that led to their bugs being ruled unauthorised and illegal.

They were so keen to catch the Mr Bigs, they broke the law themselves.

An inquiry led to wholesale changes in how the biggest crimelords are investigated and new safeguards to prevent a repeat of the sorry saga surrounding Doran and Togher.

The cost of the trials, appeals and fiasco that followed left taxpayers with a pounds 20million bill and a deepening dread that more drug barons would go free because investigators went too far.

It is some kind of justice that Doran and Togher will be having porridge for breakfast this morning.

If they walk free on parole parole (pərōl`), in criminal law, release from prison of a convict before the expiration of his term on condition that his activities be restricted and that he report regularly to an officer.  in two years, they should walk out of jail to poverty.

Every effort must be taken to find their fortune and confiscate To expropriate private property for public use without compensating the owner under the authority of the Police Power of the government. To seize property.

When property is confiscated it is transferred from private to public use, usually for reasons such as

The one thing that will keep them going inside jail is the good life that awaits them.

That must not be allowed to happen. They should walk to freedom with only the money they have in their pockets - nothing more.

Customs officers must strip these gangsters of their dirty fortune.

And make sure every drug smuggler knows once and for all that crime will not pay
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 21, 2005
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