What are County Lines?
County lines is the name given to a drug dealing method which involves criminal networks using phone lines to facilitate the supply of class A drugs.
Frequently these drugs are heroin and crack cocaine which are supplied to customers using these phone lines . County Lines then each individually become a valuable brand and is protected with violence and intimidation.
The line allows drug dealers to move their business from one location to another. Many towns across Hampshire now have both importation and exportation issues linked to county lines.
Dealers typically use a single phone line and use violence to enforce the county lines model.
County Lines create violence and suffering in our communities
This violence including:
- conflict between competing drugs supply networks to establish control of markets;
- violence used to control children acting as couriers and dealers;
- violence used to take over properties to deal from (usually occupied by vulnerable people – known as cuckooing); and
- the sexual exploitation of women and girls who incur drugs debts, or are the partners of males who are subject to drug networks
What you can do to help tackle #CountyLines
- You can speak to local police on 101 or call 999 in an emergency
- If you’d rather stay anonymous you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- If you are a young person who is worried about being involved in #CountyLines, or knows someone who is, you can speak to an adult and let them know how you feel
- Find out more about Cuckooing so you can spot the signs
- You can also contact www.fearless.org who allow you to pass on information about crime anonymously
- You can also contact Childline on 0800 1111 – they are a private and confidential service where you can talk to counsellors about anything that is worrying you.