What are County Lines?
County Lines is a term used for the organised illegal drug-dealing network. They operate out of major UK cities and distribute illegal drugs across rural and surburban counties. Vulnerable children and adults are recruited to transport drugs and cash all over the country, so that the criminals behind them can remain detached and less likely to be detected. This Crime is often associated with other serious crimes such as sexual exploitation, violence, money laundering and human trafficking.
If we’re all more aware of how County Lines work then we can look out for signs in our own communities.
Some useful websites to review:
The National Crime Agency website: https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/drug-trafficking/county-lines
Not in our Community: https://notinourcommunity.org/
Not in our Community Alfie’s story: https://notinourcommunity.org/real_stories/film-lesson-alfies-story/
Information provided by the Humberside Policing teams. For example, find more information on the Croft Baker team page here. https://www.humberside.police.uk/teams/croft-baker
If you have concerns about anyone being involved in County Lines, please make sure you get in touch with your local Policing team via 101 or by other means.
UPDATE 26th May 2021: A new music video for “No More County Lines” has just been launched. Read all about it on the Humberside PCC website here.