(LONDON) MET REPORT: Officers investigating the exploitation of young and vulnerable individuals into county lines activity have carried out a series of early morning warrants on Tuesday, 20 April and arrested five people #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: All those arrested have been taken to police stations in London and Hampshire. The Metropolitan Police Service lead the investigation:

The operation involved more than 150 officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police.

MET Proactive Unit Officers: Arrests have been made as police target county lines networks: ‘A total of eight addresses were targeted simultaneously across London, Hampshire and Berkshire. Three men and two women, aged between 20 and 40 years old, have been arrested on suspicion of offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and modern slavery’

[Officers on this morning’s raids]

[Officers on this morning’s raids]

Searches of the addresses continue but officers have so far found a machete, Class B drugs and a rapier sword.

The investigation was launched in January this year after officers identified a ring of people involved in widespread drug supply across the southeast of England through county lines.

The early stages of the investigation led officers to believe young children and extremely vulnerable adults were being used to deal drugs along the county lines. They secured evidence to suggest these individuals were being held against their will in order to clear debts owed to the group.

The investigating team worked tirelessly to identify suspects through CCTV, ANPR and extensive cell phone analysis. The operation has so far resulted in four young children and vulnerable people being rescued. They are currently being looked after by specialist officers.

Sergeant Tom Freeman from the Met’s Proactive Gangs Unit, which leads the investigation, said: “This morning’s activity is a culmination of months of hard work by officers across three different police forces. The operation focused on rescuing children and vulnerable people who had no option to do as they were told through fear of violence from those controlling them: “ The evidence we’ve gathered leads us to believe they were being held against their will until they paid off debts they did not create in the first place. Those involved in this activity entirely manipulated the vulnerabilities of these individuals for their own financial gain – a common trait of county lines lineholders: “ We know county lines activity is closely linked to violence we see on the streets of London and other parts of the United Kingdom. Not only have we rescued vulnerable people from violence and exploitation, but by disrupting this drug supply line we’ve destroyed the business model of this group and hopefully prevented violent incidents occurring in the future.”

Inspector Richard Lane from Hampshire Constabulary, which supported the operation, said: “County lines and its associated violence can cause misery in our communities, and it is right that we put significant effort into dismantling these networks and safeguarding vulnerable people who have been exploited in this trade: “ We will continue to work with our partners to identify those responsible and target these drug dealing networks in north Hampshire and across the force area.”

Detective Inspector John Wordsworth, from Thames Valley Police, which aided the operation, said: “County lines drugs has a significant impact on our communities and often those who profit from drugs are exploiting children and vulnerable adults in order to do so: “ We are committed to tackling county lines drugs and this operation should be a reminder that police forces will work together across borders in order to stop this pernicious activity: “ We will also continue to work in partnership to protect those who are exploited by county lines drugs gangs: “ The public also have an important role to play in providing information that can assist us in dismantling county lines drugs lines and also safeguard vulnerable individuals.”

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The below were arrested following the warrants:

[A] a 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs and on suspicion of money laundering.

[B] a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.

[C] a 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.

[D] a 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.

[E] a 20-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of securing services from children and vulnerable persons under the Modern Slavery Act 2002.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.21: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Merseyside Police Report: Detectives have charged a fourth person following County Lines warrants in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire on Tuesday 23 February #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: The warrants were carried out as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected child criminal exploitation and drug dealing in the North West:

Fourth person charged following county lines warrants: ‘Detectives have charged a fourth person following County Lines warrants in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire on Tuesday 23 February’

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Kieran Gaughan, 26 years, of no fixed address was arrested yesterday (Thursday 11 March) and has now been charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation; being concerning in the supply of cocaine; being concerned in supply of heroin; being concerned in the supply of a Class B controlled drug (cannabis); supplying a Class A controlled drug (crack cocaine); supplying a Class A controlled drug (heroin); affray; possession of a knife/blade/sharp pointed article in a public place; and actual bodily harm.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court today (Friday 12 March).

The following three people were charged on 24 February and appeared in court on 25 February.

• Daniel Clarke, 24 years, of Flers Avenue, Latchford, Warrington, Cheshire was charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation
• Louise Hilton, 46 years, of Yarrow Road, Chorley, Lancashire was charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine; being concerned in the supply of heroin; and arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation
• Emily Norman, 20 years, of Festival Avenue, Orford, Warrington, Cheshire was charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation

Read more here about how to spot the signs and the Eyes Open campaign, introduced by Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/2018/eyes-open/

You can also report any concerns to police on 999 if a crime is in progress, via 101, or our social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.

You can also pass information via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.13: 2021:

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