National Crime Agency guide to County Lines
National Crime Agency (NCA) guide to County Lines
NPCC definition of a County Line
The 2018 Home Office Serious Crime Strategy states the NPCC definition of a County Line is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas [within the UK], using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move [and store] the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.”
This web page gives you information on the NPCC definition of a County Line, Exploitation of young and vulnerable people, How do you know if County Lines drug dealing is happening in your area?, What to do if you have concerns and Law enforcement response.
The NCA also have links to further information on:
- County Lines Drug Supply, Vulnerability and Harm 2018
- County Lines Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2017
- County Lines Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2016
For further information on County Lines take a look at FosterWiki’s County Lines- Introduction, Information and Guidance here or the guidance from the National Crime Agency here.
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