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People in Cornwall urged to spot signs of County Lines drugs gangs

People in Cornwall urged to spot signs of County Lines drugs gangs

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 29th April 2020.

Police are urging people to help spot the signs of 'County Lines' drugs gangs in Cornwall.

‘County Lines’ is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK via dedicated mobile phone lines.

The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and will often use coercion.

Since the government restrictions were imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19 drug dealers have changed the way they operate. 

Previously, deal lines were created to take orders for drugs and runners were used to transport and collect payment.  

The restrictions on movement has prohibited these methods, however criminal gangs are now adapting their operations to be able to continue their illegal activity. 

Although, Devon and Cornwall are two of the safest places in the country to live, police are asking local people to stay alert to spot the signs of County Lines - and report them.

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“When the restrictions were implemented, initially we saw a decrease in drug dealing, however we know the gangs and County Lines suppliers are still operating - they are just changing their methods to get round the restrictions. 

“We already know a lot about their activities and how they have changed their operations but we always want to know more and help from the public is invaluable.  Therefore, we are asking members of the public to tell us if they have seen anything suspicious or have concerns about people within their community.  

“Devon and Cornwall are two of the safest places in the country to live. Any information from the public will help us further restrict and disrupt the deal lines, prosecute those organising the activity, safeguard vulnerable victims caught up in the networks and continue to keep our communities safe."

Detective Superintendent Edward Wright from Devon and Cornwall Police

So if you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, such as unknown characters or lots of comings and goings from houses, then please report this using the online contact channels: dc.police.uk/contact

Alternatively you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online: crimestoppers-uk.org

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