Police crackdown on drug users and takers in county lines initiative

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 May 2019

Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Picture: Mark Atherton

Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Picture: Mark Atherton

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More than 70 people were arrested and £85,000 was seized by police as a result of a week-long initiative.

Around £7,000 of suspected class A drugs, £25,000 of designer goods and 26 phones were also taken as part of Avon and Somerset Constabulary's project.

The scheme targeted drug gangs, with the campaign lead by the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre.

Nearly 600 suspected drug users and three dealer numbers were sent text messages from the force in the region between May 13-19.

Users have been directed to support agencies while dealers were made aware police knew what people were using the numbers for.

Detective Chief Inspector Kerry Paterson said: "The force knows the majority of people involved in county lines are groomed.

"The messages were designed to highlight to people who may feel trapped there are people out there who can help them."

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