South Yorkshire Police is supporting the latest Crimestoppers campaign, aimed at raising awareness of county lines - when people from major cities expand their drug networks to other areas of the country.
Information on the Crimestoppers website states: “This activity brings violence, exploitation and abuse to rural communities.
If you have any information on county lines drugs networks, you can contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via our anonymous online form.
The crime is called county lines because a single telephone number is used to order drugs, operated from outside the area.
County line networks are having a massive impact on rural counties. Vulnerable children and adults are being recruited in our large cities to transport cash and drugs all over the country. This keeps the true criminals behind it detached from the act and less likely to be detected or caught.
These gangs often set up a base in a rural area for a short time, taking over the home of a vulnerable person (also known as 'cuckooing'). They then use adults and children to act as drug runners.
Whilst significant arrests have been made, we need the help of the public to disrupt these criminal networks and to stop the misery they cause their victims. Reporting suspicious activity will help to safeguard many vulnerable individuals who have been coerced into these networks.”
You can read more on their website, or by downloading the flyer here.
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