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County lines crackdown: Police makes more than 650 arrests – seize drugs worth £3million

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Officers found more than 100 weapons, including firearms, and 139 “deal lines”, which are linked to unique phone numbers used by people t6o buy drugs.

Home Office figures released today show these were shut down between November and March.

The operations were carried out by the British Transport Police (BTP), the Metropolitan Police, Merseyside Police and West Midlands Police as part of new efforts to crackdown on organised crime groups.

The campaign was funded by £5m from the Government’s package of £25million to tackle “county lines”.

This is a type of gang model where young and vulnerable people are used as couriers to move drugs and money around the country.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am determined to roll up county lines drugs gangs and stop them from terrorising our towns and exploiting our children.

“I have seen first-hand the important work the police are doing to tackle county lines, and these impressive results show just how much of an impact our investment is having.”

This is a brekaing story. More to follow…

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