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County Lines

What is County Lines?

  • A group establishing a network between an urban hub and county location, into which drugs (primarily heroin and crack cocaine) are supplied.

  • A branded mobile phone line is established in the market, to which orders are placed by introduced customers, with the line being controlled by a third party, away from the market.

  • The group exploits young or vulnerable persons, to store and/or supply drugs, move cash proceeds and secure the use of dwellings (‘cuckooing’).

  • The group, or individuals exploited by them, regularly travel between the urban hub and the county market, to replenish stock and deliver cash.

  • The group is inclined to use violence or threats and weapons, including knives, corrosives and firearms to establish and protect their market.

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