OFFICERS from Warwickshire Police have arrested three people following concerns that a vulnerable person was being exploited by drug dealers in Atherstone.
As part of the County Lines operation, officers went to an address in Tannery Close on Monday (19 August) morning following a report that drug dealers were cuckooing the property.
Cuckooing is a term used to describe drug dealers taking over a house to deal from. They will often target vulnerable people.
The officers arrested three males at the address and seized a quantity of what they believe to be cocaine as well as knives and cash. The males were:
- A 16-year-old boy from Kingswinford arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and burglary.
- A 16-year-old boy of no fixed abode arrested on suspicion of burglary.
- A 20-year-old man from Tipton arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and burglary.
All three have been bailed until the middle of September while enquiries continue.
Sergeant Neil Pearsall from the North Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhood Teams said: “We are committed to disrupting the activity of people involved in county lines drug networks and protecting the most vulnerable people in the community who are exploited by these drug dealers.”
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If you have any information about suspected drug-related activity or if you are concerned about a vulnerable person being exploited, contact Warwickshire Police on 101.
You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Spotting County Lines
Police are urging people to look out for the following signs:
- Children or young people going missing from home or school.
- Changes in a person’s behaviour or emotional wellbeing.
- Children or young people socialising with unfamiliar people.
- A person starting to abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Someone acquiring money they can’t account for.
- Someone buying expensive goods they can’t afford.
- Lone children visiting from outside the area.
- Someone with multiple phones, tablets or SIM cards.
- Unknown or suspicious people going into a neighbour’s house – especially if that neighbour is vulnerable.