- The National Crime Agency (NCA) believes there are now more than 2,000 individual deal line numbers in operation in the UK – more than double the number previously identified.
- The organisation estimates up to 10,000 children in the UK involved in or working for the drugs gangs, which traffic heroin and crack from big cities to smaller towns and rural areas.
- County lines is a drug distribution model which typically involves city gangs branching out into smaller towns or rural areas to sell heroin and crack cocaine.
- A drugs through the county lines business model is a ‘significant, national threat’.
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