By Will Fyfe
By Will Fyfe
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.
A Storyville documentary: a look at the black market website known as the Silk Road, which emerged on the darknet in 2011, and the attempts to shut it down.
Karla, the mother of 16-year-old gang victim Jacob, says her son was groomed by adult criminals.
The BBC's Angus Crawford joins police as they look for vulnerable young people involved in county lines.
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.”
By Paul Pigott
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Interpol says it has seized a huge quantity of drugs in Africa and the Middle East, in operations involving more than 40 countries.
In the capital of Niger, Niamey, 17 tonnes of cannabis resin worth tens of millions of dollars were found in a warehouse.
Interpol said the drugs had been shipped from Lebanon to Togo and after being trucked to Niger were destined for Libya.
A spokesman said the organisation had seen a marked increase in the use of Libya as a transit point.
Operations which took place in March and April under the code name Lionfish also saw South African police seizing almost 1,000 bricks of cocaine in a fishing vessel off the country’s western coast.
Following a report on the growing problem of opioid addiction in the US two years ago, returning to find out what happened to the people met along the notorious I-95.
Documentary in which Reggie Yates visits Acapulco, Mexico, to live the life of a soldier fighting on the front line of the brutal war against the country's powerful drug cartels.
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.
By Will Grant
BBC Central America correspondent