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Officers have made 19 arrests, safeguarded more than 10 people, and seized Class A and B drugs in our ongoing fight to bring down County Lines drugs operations in Lincolnshire.
As part of a nation-wide intensification week, officers across the county carried out warrants and stop searches, and engaged with schools, taxi firms, hotels and partners to help them understand how to stop the signs of someone being exploited.
County Lines is the term used to describe drug dealing where mobile phones are used to supply drugs from large cities to towns and rural areas. County Lines are run by ‘Line Holders’ and the runners, often vulnerable people, deliver the drugs. The system of drug distribution leads to serious violence and exploitation.
The intensification week ran from Monday 3 October to Sunday 9 October. Highlights include:
Detective Inspector Gail Hurley from the Force Intelligence Bureau, said: “Drugs destroy lives and communities, and we are committed year-round to disrupt criminal activity in our county.
"These results are a snapshot of the work we undertake to tackle drug-taking and drug-related offending such as shoplifting, theft, robbery and assault. The protection of the vulnerable people being exploited by criminal gangs is particularly important, and we are pleased that our targeted efforts have helped to safeguard these individuals.”
If you have concerns about someone you know being involved in County Lines, you can find out more here.