228 people stopped and searched in police County Lines drugs operation

228 people stopped and searched in police County Lines drugs operation

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

A TOTAL of 228 people were stopped in two days in a crackdown on Country Lines drugs across the North West.

Merseyside Police joined forces with their counterparts in Greater Manchester and Cheshire along with British Transport Police for the operation.

Officers - some based in Southport - targeted major transport links to carry out stop and search resulting in a total of 13 arrests for various offences.

On July 13, officers took to the streets again basing themselves at bus and train stations across Liverpool and Wigan where they utilised tactics including plain clothed patrols and knife arches.

Officers stationed on the rail network between Kirkby and Southport made a number of stop checks as well as those based in Lime Street Station and Queens Square bus station. One man was stopped and found in possession of Ketamine and a pair of scissors. He was arrested for possession of a controlled drug and bladed article.

Inspector Kate Wilkinson said: “Criminals often use children and vulnerable members of the community to transport and supply dugs across Merseyside and the rest of the country, a model known as County Lines drugs supply.

“Being involved in this type of crime is extremely dangerous. When someone starts moving drugs and weapons from place to place, you never know who you might come into contact with and you could end up seriously injured if not worse.

“It is paramount that people living in Merseyside or in neighbouring counties tell us if they know who is committing these crimes so we can ensure the safety of our communities.

“Recent arrests here and in Wigan show the benefit of partnering with surrounding Forces and I hope this shows the public that we will act on their information and bring offenders to justice.”

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