(BIRIMINGHAM, U.K.) WM Police Report: County Lines Officers have arrested 74-drug-dealers in a ‘ weeklong blitz’ from 1-7:Feb:2021 across the city and the U.K. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.10: The pandemic hasn’t paused our pursuit of County Lines networks as a week-long blitz saw us arrest dozens of suspected drug dealers:

‘74 arrested in week-long blitz on County Lines with intelligence that suggests there are currently around 100 County Lines running out of Birmingham across the UK, to places as far afield as Cornwall and Scotland’

10th February 2021

Two knives were recovered; a 14-year-old boy from Bilston was charged with knife possession and is due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on 17 February:

Some of the Class A drugs and cash we seized during County Lines week

Officers ran a campaign last week (1-7 Feb) targeting organised crime groups believed to be running cocaine and heroin networks out of the West Midlands: It saw us carry out 31 warrants at addresses linked to cross-border drugs supply:

Officers arrested 74 people, seized thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and heroin, and recovered weapons including firearms and combat knives: Some of the Class A drugs and cash we seized during County Lines week: We also ran Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operations looking for people moving drugs by road and worked with British Transport Police to identify any drugs runners using the rail system: One of the biggest operations saw our Coventry Gangs Unit team up with traffic officers and other units to intercept two men suspected of running a County Line into Warwickshire.

They arrested the pair, both aged 27, from a BMW parked in The Uplands at around 3pm on Thursday (4 Feb) and seized a ball of compressed cocaine plus 70 dealer wraps: Officers went on to search six houses in the city, arresting more people and seizing vehicles. A total of seven people were arrested in connection with the drugs operation:

Our lead officer for County Lines, Superintendent Rich Agar, said: “There has been no let-up in our determination to tackle County Lines offenders during CoVID-19: “ Any offenders who thought we’d taken our foot off the gas got a shock last week: we arrested 74 people and in the wider West Midlands region there were 133 arrests. “ A father and son were arrested from a house where we found bags of drugs: We also safeguarded 22 vulnerable people and visited 39 potential ‘cuckoo’ addresses – homes that could be targeted by dealers to use as drugs dens: “ Our work continues this week as, alongside partners in local authorities, health and charities, our focus turns to safeguarding and to divert young people who are vulnerable to County Lines exploitation away from criminal gangs and on to brighter futures.”

On Monday (1 Feb) we teamed up with West Mercia Police for a warrant in Evesham with suspected links to a drugs line: Drugs valued at almost £700 were seized – all divided into dealer wraps – plus £600 in cash. A 17-year-old boy was later charged with possessing drugs with intent to supply and is due to be sentenced in court on 1 March having admitted the offence at a hearing last week: Also on Monday we seized more than £160,000 from an apartment in Commercial Street, Birmingham, after following up intelligence about suspicious behaviour at the address: The notes – £30,800 in £50s and £102,360 in £20s – were seized after being found stuffed inside plastic carrier bags. Our enquiries continue and we’ll look to permanently seize the cash if it’s suspected to be crime proceeds:

On Thursday (4 Feb) officers raided an address in Smethwick where a father and son were arrested on suspicion of drug dealing: Three large bags of cannabis were recovered plus a bag of white powder that’s believed to be Class A drugs. A man aged 41 and boy aged 16 were arrested and later released under investigation while enquiries continue.An officer holds up a knife seized from a teen suspected of running drugs on a train line: And two teenagers were arrested on Thursday morning near Wolverhampton railway station as plain clothes officers worked with British Transport Police and West Mercia officers to disrupt a County Line thought to be running from the city to Hereford and Kidderminster:

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Waheed Saleem said: “Exploiters use young or vulnerable people to distribute drugs through County Lines activity. It’s a dangerous web to get caught up in and is destructive at every level – threatening the safety and damaging the health and prospects of the young people involved, their families, and their communities: “ Our Violence Reduction Unit works with a number of partners to offer young people a way out. Through support services in Accident and Emergency, Police Custody, in schools and in the community, we aim to be alongside them as they navigate their way out of complex and frightening situations: “ It’s terrifying for parents, siblings and for those who care about these young people to acknowledge what might be going on, and it can seem like you are alone. We are working to raise awareness of the early signs of exploitation and to support those who think it might be affecting their family or their community: “ It’s possible to prevent young people falling into the traps set by exploiters by fostering communities where they have a strong sense of belonging, and the security that comes with decent housing, education, jobs, healthcare, family support and a route to prosper. Together, we can make that ambition a reality.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Feb.10: 2021:

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