26 arrests in Dorset in 'County Lines' operation

26 arrests in Dorset in 'County Lines' operation

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:11am 21st October 2019.

Dorset Police have made 26 arrests as part of a week-long operation targeting so-called county lines gangs.

Dorset Police say they've also seized drugs and cash from dealers who exploit young people to sell them.

The operation involved stop checks and vehicle searches, which ran from Monday 7 October through to Sunday 13 October.

Dorset Police are not able to confirm yet the total value of the drugs taken off Dorset's streets.

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County Lines gangs also target vulnerable people, who they pressurise into moving drugs around for them, sometimes even getting into their homes.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said:

"Many safe and well checks were conducted at addresses of vulnerable residents in Dorset that were known to be linked to cuckooing addresses.  

"A 16-year-old girl from Dorset was safeguarded as a result of partnership working alongside colleagues from British Transport Police and South Wales Police.

The girl was safely returned to her Dorset address."

Police Car

Nationally, 743 people have been arrested across the UK during a week-long operation targeting county lines gangs.
 
The National Crime Agency says it seized drugs with a street value of more than £400,000.
 
Nearly 170 weapons were also found during searches, including 12 firearms.