Police have arrested 23 individuals and seized greater than £20,000 in a week-long crackdown on cross-border drug dealing in the North East.
Last week, police and regional crime models throughout the nation joined forces to place an finish to the ruthless apply referred to as County Lines.
The time period refers to a way of drug dealing which sees cellphones used to ship bulk textual content or social media messages to potential prospects in the hopes of establishing a deal.
It additionally sees susceptible individuals exploited and recruited by organised criminals to work for them in the availability chain.
Nationally, the exercise noticed greater than 200 weapons seized, 1,100 arrests and round 80 deal traces recognized.
And in the Northumbria Police space, scores of search warrants had been executed from Ashington to Sunderland, Newcastle to South Shields – alongside tactical automobile stops and academic inputs.
Detectives arrested a complete of 21 males and two ladies in reference to County Lines drug dealing. They seized three kilos of cocaine, two-and-a-half kilos of hashish, three-and-a-half kilos of Ketamine, in addition to 33 blister packs of temazepam and two wraps of crack cocaine.
A complete of £20,365 of suspected felony money was additionally seized alongside three luxurious watches.
Detective Chief Inspector Sue Fryer, the Force lead for County Lines stated: “This has been a monumental effort with officers from each division coming collectively from throughout the Force to take a stand towards a brutal type of drug dealing which exploits these caught up in it.
“County Lines is an aggressive methodology which tries to promote giant portions of addictive substances to susceptible individuals to line the pockets of these concerned and we is not going to tolerate this in our space.
“Our strategy to tackling this vile sort of criminality is to not solely pursue offenders, dismantle their operations and deliver them earlier than the courts, however educating the broader neighborhood about simply how dangerous the apply is and defend these liable to turning into concerned.
“While we don’t see the degrees of violence related to County Lines dealing prevalent in different areas right here in the North East, we’re working onerous to maintain it that method.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, stated: “The violence, the exploitation – it has to finish. It’s important we take powerful motion towards County Lines and Northumbria Police is doing simply that. I’m happy with the work that has been occurring in our space to combat this crime and additionally of the work my Violence Reduction Unit is doing in assist of this.
“We have to guard youngsters and susceptible younger individuals – they can not defend themselves – and can simply get swept up into a really harmful medicine world. Some of the medicine runners are worryingly younger and they want defending, not criminalising. This is why we’d like extra youth employees – they should be a part of the answer. Tackling the basis causes will proceed to be a precedence for me.”
If you see one thing that does not look proper, or know of any susceptible individuals who could also be concerned in County Lines name police on 101 or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.