County lines drugs trade

  1. Drugs, Cops and Lockdown

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    Video caption: Panorama follows Kent police as they tackle ‘county lines’ drug dealing.

    Panorama follows Kent police as they try to disrupt the ‘county lines’ that transport millions of pounds of drugs from London to towns across their county.

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    Video caption: County lines: 'We'll never be the same again'

    Karla, the mother of 16-year-old gang victim Jacob, says her son was groomed by adult criminals.

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    Video caption: County lines: The search for vulnerable children

    The BBC's Angus Crawford joins police as they look for vulnerable young people involved in county lines.

  4. Nineteen arrests in Staffordshire county lines crackdown

    Machetes, a crossbow and a sword have been seized by police who arrested 19 people in a crackdown on county lines drug dealing gangs in Staffordshire.

    A recreation of a drug deal

    Forces across the UK boosted activity against county lines gangs in the week from 17 to 23 May.

    Staffordshire Police said they seized drugs and cash along with the weapons and those arrested were all held on suspicion of drugs offences.

    The drug seizures included a 20-year-old man as he got off the train from Walsall to Cannock who the force said had 50 deals of heroin and crack in his socks.

    Two vulnerable people were also found by officers as they searched 20 suspected "cuckooed" homes, places where gangs have taken over the place for criminal activity.

  5. County lines crackdown sees 23 arrests

    Twenty-three people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on county lines drug-dealing gangs.

    Northumbria Police said it executed warrants in areas including Ashington, Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead (pictured) and South Shields - seizing cocaine, cannabis and ketamine, more than £20,000 in cash and three luxury watches.

    The week-long operation was part of a UK-wide effort which saw 1,100 people arrested.

    County line gangs are urban drug dealers who sell to customers in more rural areas via dedicated phone lines. It also sees people recruited by organised criminals to work for them in the supply chain.

    Det Ch Insp Sue Fryer described it an a "monumental effort", adding: “While we do not see the levels of violence associated with county lines dealing prevalent in other areas here in the North East, we are working hard to keep it that way.”

    Suspect is put in the back of a police van in Gateshead
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    Video caption: Taxi footage helps convict Derby drug gang

    A gang enlisted the help of a cab driver to transport heroin and crack cocaine into Derby.

  7. Britain's Teenage Drug Runners

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    Video caption: The urban gangs expanding their drug operations into the countryside and seaside towns.

    With astonishing access, BBC Three explores how gang members are using teenage drug runners to sell large amounts of crack and heroin miles away from home.

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    Video caption: BBC Panorama: Following the police taking on UK drug gangs

    Panorama filmed officers trying to disrupt networks of dealers transporting drugs worth millions of pounds.

  9. Arrests made in county lines raid

    Several people have been arrested in a county lines operation, police say.

    The West Midlands County Line Task Force worked with Warwickshire Police to raid on a property on Thursday.

    Police released footage of the operation leading to a number of suspects being taken into custody.

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