County Lines can often involve the exploitation of young, vulnerable people who are targeted and manipulated into selling drugs by criminal gangs.
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County Lines is used to describe the networks of gangs and organised criminals who export illegal drugs into other areas of the country, often smaller areas, using dedicated mobile phone lines known as ‘deal lines.’
Dealers will take orders from drug users through mobile phones and exploit children and vulnerable people to move and store drugs and money. Often, they do this using blackmail and intimidation and violence.
Children and vulnerable people can be groomed online or face-to-face by a stranger or someone they know. They can receive money, mobiles, credit, expensive clothing, jewellery, or other items/gifts in exchange for a specified task.
Staffordshire Police is committed to cracking down on this crime with the help of partner organisations but they also need your help to stop this happening in your area. Information from witnesses and local communities is vital to building evidence, making arrests and prosecuting members of organised crime gangs. If you know something you can call Crimestoppers anonymously 24 hours a day by dialling 0800 555 111