There has been an ongoing issue of County Lines gangs targeting vulnerable people in our community and dealing drugs in public spaces.
Monday 11th May, 2020
Avon and Somerset Police coordinated a week of action in Yeovil last week to tackle county lines drug dealing and the associated exploitation of vulnerable people.
‘County lines’ is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs out of bigger cities into one or more smaller towns in the UK. They are using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of ‘deal line’. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money, and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence and weapons.
The operation was the result of a coordinated effort between officers and staff from Avon and Somerset Police including Operation Remedy and the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
They worked in partnership with the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, to ensure a joint up approach to sharing information and resources to dismantle county lines networks.
Last week’s operation saw officers target 17 vehicles believed to be used in county lines activity, three of which were seized for no insurance.
The vehicle checks led to the arrest of two individuals, including a 30 year old male and a 28 year old female, who is suspected of having ties with county lines drug dealing. The individuals who were arrested have been released under investigation.