Operation targeting County Lines gangs results in 20 arrests

Operation targeting County Lines gangs results in 20 arrests

Operation targeting County Lines gangs results in 20 arrests

Police have made arrests and seized an incredible amount of drugs and cash in their pursuit of gangs trafficking drugs into the area.

The operation was part of a national effort and intensification against County Lines drug gangs, aiming to protect vulnerable young people from becoming involved in the drug trade.

A total of five warrants were executed within the region covered by Humberside Police.

The operation, which ran from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 September, resulted in a total of 20 arrests in relation to drug related offences, and 29 vulnerable being identified and either safeguarded or signposted to partner agencies for support.

Almost £240,000 worth of drugs were taken off the streets and £9,500 cash recovered.

Video footage released by Humberside Police shows warrants being executed across the local area:

Following a vehicle stop by the Roads Crime Team on Ashby Road, Scunthorpe on Wednesday 16 September, a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and failure to appear in court.

Carl Townsend has been charged with possession of cannabis.

He has been bailed to appear in Grimsby Magistrates Court on Tuesday 20 October.

Another investigation is ongoing in Scunthorpe after a man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and had almost £1,200 of cash seized.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Pottage said:

“County Lines is a key priority for the force, and intensification weeks like these allow us to educate the wider public on the signs to look out for, protect those who may have become victims of child criminal exploitation, signpost those at risk of becoming victims to support services and put pressure on these gangs by disrupting their activity.

“We have undertaken days of action at local transport hubs, often used by County Lines gangs to bring drugs in and out of the force area, executed warrants at properties known to be drug dealing or drug production hubs, safeguarded victims of cuckooing, pursued suspicious vehicles and visited schools, shops, transport companies and local residents to educate them on the signs of County Lines.

“The week has seen a 100% increase in intelligence being submitted to us to review and build upon.

“I can only thank the public for their support of this operation. Their information has been crucial to the activity we’ve undertaken last week and has been what has led to some of our successful arrests.”

Police forces across the nation were supported by the British Transport Police and the Roads Crime Team, plus high visibility patrolling in County Lines hotspots.