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Criminal Exploitation (gangs, county lines)

Page last updated: 16/01/2019

​'County Lines' was first identified in 2014 and is the term used to describe the approach taken by gangs originating from large urban areas, who travel to locations elsewhere such as county or coastal towns to sell class A drugs. Gangs typically recruit and exploit children and vulnerable young people to courier drugs and cash. They also use local property as a base for their activities, and this often involves taking over the home of a vulnerable adult who is unable to challenge them.

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