County Lines crackdown results

in major disruption to illegal activity

A week of activity co-ordinated by the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) resulted in major disruption to illegal activity across the UK.

During the week, more than a thousand arrests were made and 1.551 vulnerable people were engaged with for safeguarding purposes.

A total of 861 cuckooed addresses were visited and 102 devices being used to operate County Lines were seized.

There were 69 referrals to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), which assesses individuals as potential victims of human trafficking/modern slavery.

A total of £526,000 in cash was seized and drugs worth more than £1 million were seized including £876,000 of cocaine, £87,000 of crack cocaine and £234,000 of heroin.

As well as this, 196 weapons were seized including 130 knives, 18 firearms, 5 samurai swords, and 10 knuckledusters.

Co-operation

This was just one example of the close co-operation that has now been developed by forces and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for County Lines, said: ‘By targeting those at the centre of County Lines, we not only disrupt the criminal network, but we prevent other criminality including serious violence from occurring. We are putting a spotlight on those responsible for coordinating widespread drug supply and making them vulnerable to capture.’

Nikki Holland, NCA Director of Investigations and joint national County Lines lead, said: ‘The NCA targets the international organised criminal groups who smuggle the drugs into the country that are then filtered down to the children being forced to transport them across the UK.

‘By focusing on those at the top of the chain and effectively cutting the head off the snake, we reduce drug supply to the UK, making it an unviable business for the criminals involved.’

She continued: ‘This joint approach with policing and our international partners allows us to mount our co-ordinated attack from all angles, and to disrupt firearms supply, money laundering, corruption, people trafficking, and other violent and exploitative crime that these groups are also involved in.’