The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said on Thursday that at least 1,100 suspects were arrested across the UK and more than 300 weapons seized in a crackdown on the crime network.
The round-up of suspects was part of an intensive week by police forces on the so-called county line network, which exports drugs from major cities and to other regions, Xinhua news agency quoted Xinhua news agency as saying. Imported, often used vulnerable adults and children. NPCC said on Thursday.
Operations from 17–23 May included the execution of warrants, joint operations between police forces and the interception of vehicles potentially involved in county line activity.
The latest figures show there are 600 potential county lines per month, which is lacking due to more accurate recording methods and better police activity.
The National Crime Agency (NCA), working as part of Intensification Week, said recent successes include seizing 500 kg of cocaine in a shipping container at the London Gateway and preventing it from reaching country roads.
The NCA said a truck driver has been charged with smuggling 107 kilograms of cocaine, worth $12 million, on a ferry from the Netherlands to the UK.
NPCC spokesman, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty said police response on County Lines has increased significantly over the past 18 months.
“It’s important that everyone looks for signs of exploitation. It could be a kid with unexplained cash, a new expensive phone or clothes, a sudden disappearance, being in possession of train tickets or taxi receipts, a change in behavior and new people.” Maybe suddenly appear in a house or flat,” McNulty said.
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