WMP continues firm stance against County Lines and youth violence
More than 80 people were arrested and weapons and drugs seized during a West Midlands Police crackdown on youth violence and County Lines chains.
The force was involved in a week of action (2-8 Dec) which saw officers target those with suspected links to drug networks and knife or other violent crime.
A total of 31 warrants were executed and 81 arrests made for offences ranging from drug dealing, gun possession, assault and violent offences; more than £60,000 in cash was seized along with a haul of knives, guns and Class A and B drugs.
The activity underlined West Midlands Police’s commitment to tackle County Lines gangs who often exploit children to do their street-level dealing - and part of the operation saw an increased police presence at transport hubs where officers were on the look-out for vulnerable teenagers.
Another focus was around tackling violence involving under 25-year-olds and tracing those who are suspected of being involved.
It is another priority for the force which has launched Project Guardian in its drive to make the region safer through prevention and enforcement.
Superintendent Rich Agar, West Midlands Police’s lead for County Lines , said: "We are relentless in our pursuit of those responsible for these drug networks. They are not only behind putting illegal, and potentially lethal, drugs onto the street but often exploiting vulnerable teenage boys and girls to do their dirty work.
"But this week of action was a multi-team effort around also targeting those involved in youth violence. Sadly, we see all too often the devastating impact of this and in particular knife crime.
"We’re regularly building intelligence on those who could be potentially involved in drugs and youth violence and the net will always be closing in on those who make the wrong life choice and get involved."
Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police call 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.