As part of the ongoing operation, the Police keep on working in order to help those individuals who are forcibly getting involved in drug dealings, particularly in Wiltshire.
Based on the report, thirteen vulnerable juveniles and twenty-five adults were identified and found out to be engaging with drugs, while nineteen “cuckooed” locations were checked and visited.
On the other hand, ten men were also arrested and recovered from them, following a total of 3,500 cash, a machete and approximately 60 wraps of drugs.
Different police teams are rigidly monitoring and working around Swindon railway station to look after the men involved in the drug dealings or syndicates who are transporting the prohibited drugs in the area. The police are using all their networks and forces to be able to get the gang members at all costs.
According to A/Sgt Chris Wickham, the one who is in charge of the entire operation from Wiltshire Police department, “County Lines gangs are a real problem that is closer to home that some people might think. Young and vulnerable people living in our communities are being exploited by these gangs. The people purchasing the drugs, who are in themselves often vulnerable, regularly commit crime to fund their habit. Targeting those who operate in Wiltshire, intending to sell class A drugs remains a priority for us and we will carry on demonstrating that Swindon and Wiltshire are an unattractive place for those involved in county line drug dealing.”
In addition to that, Sonja Leith, the Head of Crime Prevention for Wiltshire Police, mentioned, “County Lines is everyone’s responsibility and I would urge members of the public to be vigilant and look out for some of the most visible signs that drugs’ gangs are operating in neighborhoods and to report this to us – your call could save lives.”
“Together with our partner agencies across Swindon and Wiltshire, we work hard to identify where County Lines are exploiting vulnerable children and adults, to proactively disrupt these networks and to safeguard and protect those at risk of harm. The intelligence we receive from people in all of our communities is crucial in helping us, our partner agencies and neighboring forces tackle this,” she said.