County Lines and Covid 19

Since the Government restrictions were imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), ‘County Lines’ drug dealers have changed the way they operate. 

As a force we need to know as much information as possible about what is happening in our communities.

 We are asking members of the public to help spot the signs of County Lines and report any suspicious activity taking place in their community.

 ‘County Lines’ is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK via dedicated mobile phone lines. The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and will often use coercion.

Previously, deal lines were created to take orders for drugs and runners (who are often, young and/or vulnerable people) were used to transport and collect payment. 

The restrictions on movement has prohibited these methods, however criminal gangs are now adapting their operations to be able to continue their illegal activity. 

If you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, such as unknown characters or lots of comings and goings from houses, then please report this using our online contact channels dorset.police.uk/Do-it-online 

Alternatively you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online: crimestoppers-uk.org.”

For more information, please visit County Lines.