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“No stone will be left unturned’ – The words from top detective as the sweep up around County Lines continues
14 Feb | 10:47

Further County Lines activity has seen another arrest and three more people interviewed under caution bringing the total number of suspects to 31.

The continued multi-agency crackdown comes as detectives promise to leave no stone unturned during their investigation and look to see all those responsible in handcuffs.

Northumbria Police’s Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Bensley, one of the top detectives on the case, said: “We will not bring this operation to a close until we are satisfied that we have done all we can to ensure this particular County Line is stamped out and stays that way.

“We’re working with other agencies and forces to keep this line inactive and out of Northumbria Police’s area.”

The County Lines activity is ran under Operation Sentinel and has seen a number of dawn raids carried out across Northumberland, Scotland and Merseyside in the past four weeks.

The activity has seen a number of arrests across the UK and has comprised of various drug seizures including a kilogram of Cocaine with an estimated street value of over £40,000.

County Lines is where criminal networks expand their operations from urban areas to more rural locations and smaller towns.

Drug dealers will typically use a single phone line to facilitate the supply of Class A drugs, often resorting to violence and intimidation to protect the line.

County Lines often involves the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health or addiction problems, at all points of the drug supply routes.

DCI Bensley added: “I want to thank the public for their positive support during this ongoing operation.

“This matters to our communities and it matters to us. No stone will be left unturned and no one who has been involved will escape without a knock on their door from officers!”

If you have suspicions or concerns around County Lines then you can report information to local police on 101 or via the British Transport Police if on the transport network.

 

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