Norfolk Police target County Lines drug dealing in week of action
Norfolk Police have arrested 12 people in a week of action targeting County Lines drug dealing.
The Norfolk Police County Lines Team, along with Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the county and the British Transport Police, took part in a National Intensification Week between Monday 11 October and Sunday 17 October 2021.
The week is run jointly by the National Police Chief’s Council and the National Crime Agency and it’s focused on disrupting the activities of those involved in County Lines through a number of policing tactics.
County Lines is the name given to a drug dealing model which involves criminals using phone lines to facilitate the supply of Class A drugs, normally between a major city and another county. The line holder often exploits young people and children to move the drugs between counties or coerce vulnerable adults by taking over their addresses from where they deal drugs – this is known as cuckooing.
During the intensification week, officers in Norfolk arrested 12 people in relation to drug offences.
- A man was arrested in Johnson Place, Norwich, on Monday 11 October. Officers have since charged Adegoke Dada, aged 19 and of Inville Road in London, with possession with intent to supply Class A crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cannabis. Dada appeared at Norwich Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 12 October where he was remanded into custody to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday 9 November 2021.
- Officers attended an address in Beloe Crescent in King’s Lynn on Monday 11 October and arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He has since been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.
- Four people were arrested at two separate addresses on Tuesday 12 October on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and human trafficking. Officers attended an address in Holt Road, Horsford, and arrested a man aged in his 20s, whilst three other people – two women in their 30s and a man in his 50s – were arrested at an address in Scarlet Road in Norwich. The man in his 20s has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries, whilst the other three have been released under investigation whilst enquiries are on-going.
- Officers also attended an address in Supple Close on Wednesday 13 October. Two men in their 20s, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 40s, were all arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and human trafficking. They have since been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.
- On Thursday 14 October, officers stopped a car on Queensway in Thetford at approximately 4.55pm and seized a large quantity of cash and cigarettes, and a knife. A man aged in his 60s and from the Thetford area, and a man in his 30s from Essex, were both arrested on suspicion of money laundering. They have both since been released under investigation whilst enquiries are on-going.
Along with the arrests, officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Norwich worked alongside housing officers and Change Grow Live to conduct safeguarding visits to addresses occupied by adults vulnerable to coercion and cuckooing.
Detective Chief Inspector Sonia Humphreys, County Lines lead for Norfolk Constabulary, said: “Our action last week demonstrates the strength of partnership work in tackling this issue. Together, with the support of the public and our partners, we are able to confront head on the supply of drugs and the exploitative actions that surround this type of crime. Whilst our enforcement against those who supply drugs and exploit our most vulnerable will be unrelenting, the partnership approach to safeguarding and identifying areas for preventative work is critical in reducing the demand in this county, and this intensification week has been a step forward in that joined up approach.”