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Police in Lincolnshire seized two ounces of heroin, two imitation firearms, and made 24 arrests during County Lines Intensification Week.
The week of intensification, which ran from Monday 27 February to Sunday 5 March, saw officers focus their efforts on disrupting suspected County Lines activity and safeguarding young people at risk of being exploited.
County Lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks which export illegal drugs into other areas across the UK, using dedicated mobile phone ‘deal lines’. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults into running the drugs, and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence – including sexual violence – and weapons.
The national week of action was coordinated by the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC).
Detective Inspector Gail Hurley from the Force Intelligence Bureau, said: “The negative impact of drugs on our communities can be significant, which is why we make it a priority to disrupt and close down County Lines throughout the year.
"The organised networks orchestrating County Lines activities prey on the most vulnerable members of society – children, adults with additional needs, addicts – and pull them in to a world of exploitation, danger, and fear. We know that with drugs comes weapons-related crime and other offending, and we target both types of criminality and do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.
"We couldn’t do this work without the help of our communities who provide much-needed intelligence around drug-dealing, suspicious activity, or vulnerability, and we would encourage people to continue to do this.”
If you have concerns about someone you know being involved in County Lines, you can find out more here: https://www.lincs.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/cl/county-lines/
Below are the drugs and cash siezed during the warrant in Tower Avenue: