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Thames Valley Police tackle county lines drug dealing during week of action

A week of action has been carried out by Thames Valley Police, as part of their ongoing commitment to tackle county lines drug dealing.

Officers say 18 warrants were executed and 79 people arrested during a number of targeted operations.

Here are some of the statistics revealed by Thames Valley Police from their week of action, which was part of a wider national project led by the National Crime Agency:

  • Safeguarded 80 vulnerable people including 16 children
  • Carried out 149 visits to previous victims of cuckooing
  • Carried out 40 educational visits to schools
  • Carried out 18 warrants, arrested 79 people and seized drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
  • £87,652 cash and 126 mobile phones seized
  • 20 passive drugs dog operations
  • 11 Taxi firm education visits, 24 landlord education visits and 67 hotel education visits

Thames Valley Police’s Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List, said:

“Partnership working is vital for tackling “county lines” drug dealing.

“We have been working with local authorities, charities and schools throughout the past week in order to safeguard vulnerable people, educate adults and children on the dangers of drugs exploitation and using a variety of methods to arrest and investigate those dealing drugs and bringing misery on our communities.

“County lines is an everyday focus for Thames Valley Police but this week of action has been a great success and shows the dedication or our officers and partners to tackle this unacceptable and harmful activity.

“We would encourage the public to help us in the fight against serious and organised criminals by reporting any drug dealing of which they are aware. This will help us to build up intelligence and investigate those who see fit to deal drugs.

“Additionally we are asking communities to be aware of their neighbours, friends and young people they know for the signs them being exploited by drug dealers.

“If you think someone shows sign of mistreatment, or a child seems to be travelling long distances or is unfamiliar with the area they are in, then you can report your suspicions to Thames Valley Police on 101 or via our website.”

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