Good law enforcement work at all levels involves cooperation, communication and the ability to work as a team.

Great work often requires all of that — and the ability to transfer that teamwork across county lines.

A recent High Country drug operation is a fine example of great work.

Working in conjunction with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, deputies from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation Restoration this week.

Aptly named, the attempt to remove illegal drugs and multiple drug dealers during a single sweep sought to restore safety and security to parts of our county in sore need of such an effort.

Working in tandem, teams of investigators, narcotics officers and patrol units coordinated assignments and plans in a successful effort to arrest illegal drug offenders and remove them from their places of business.

Such coordination is not easily planned. Add in a cloak of secrecy and the effort becomes dramatically more complicated.

Because so much of what they do requires that secrecy anonymity, we do not know the names of all of those officers who risked their own safety to complete this mission.

But for rising above those complications and successfully executing a plan to make illegal drugs less readily available, we salute, and thank, all of those involved.

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