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Hampshire Police seize £6,000 in County Lines drugs bust

Hampshire Police

More than £6,000 of cash has been seized as part of an intense County Lines drugs interception in Hampshire.

County Lines involves inner-city drug gangs expanding their operations to smaller towns and rural areas, often exploiting vulnerable young people to sell.

Hampshire Police also made 52 arrests and seized 14 weapons last week - including a machete and two samurai swords.

20 adults and children were safeguarded to protect them from further harm.

County Lines drug networks have been targeted in a week of coordinated law enforcement across the UK, recovering over £250,000 worth of Cocaine, £100,170 of Crack Cocaine and more than £70,000 in Heroin.

There's been a crackdown on County Lines across the UK this month

Detective Superintendent Scott Mackechnie, who leads the response to drug-related harm at Hampshire Constabulary, said:

"Tackling county lines and the misery it causes to our communities is an absolute priority and these results demonstrate the power of a coordinated response.

“We play our part alongside staff working within health, social care, education and commissioned services to try to stop young people being drawn into county lines.

“Youngsters who suddenly have new and unaffordable belongings, go missing a lot, have friendships with older people or have unexplained injuries are all said to be possible victims.

“Supply networks are responsible for high levels of violence in addition to the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults and children.

"We all have a part to play in diverting children or vulnerable adults from getting involved in the first place.”

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