During a recent national offensive against drugs dealing, more than one thousand arrests have been made accompanied by the seizure of large quantities of drugs and weapons including thirty three guns and two hundred and nineteen knives.
Additionally, more than eighty phone lines used for drug dealing communications have been identified.
‘County Lines’ drugs trafficking features heavily in these activities and Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors explains some of the components of such drugs trading.
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Although generally regarded as a comparatively recent phenomenon, ‘County Lines’ drug trafficking has been conducted for many years, with street slang previously knowing it as going ‘Cunch’, (being taken from the word ‘country’ or ‘OT’ (short for ‘Out of Town’).
Vulnerable inner-city residents, such as children from poorer environments, frequently excluded from school, or people with mental health or addiction problems are groomed by gang members of organised criminal networks and transported to the country to sell drugs or move cash originating from illegal drug activity.
The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used for trafficking communications and for taking the orders of drugs which are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries.
It frequently happens that dealers will move into a local property, invariably belonging to a vulnerable person, in order to assist the operation of their criminal activity and this is known as ‘cuckooing’.
Vulnerable people enticed into county lines dealing will often be trafficked far from their home and will often face physical, mental and sexual abuse.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for county lines Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty recently said:
“The police response to county lines has increased substantially over the past 18 months. We have been relentless in pursuing those behind the line whilst doing everything possible to rescue those being exploited. We will use all the powers available to us to tackle every element of the county line network because we know the effect violence and crimes associated with county lines can have in our communities”.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has also been heavily involved in the drive to tackle this type of criminality.
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