Did you know?
Organised gangs use two distinct methods to buy and sell illegal substances such as contraband, drugs and weapons.
The first is the very serious issue where criminal gangs set up a drug-dealing operation in a place outside their usual operating area known as County Lines.
In addition, gangs will move their drug dealing from big cities (e.g. London, Manchester, Liverpool etc.) to smaller towns in order to make more money. The process they use to select and target where to station their activities is called Cuckooing.
In all this can have a really big effect on the community who live there and bring with it serious criminal behaviour.
Crimestoppers has launched a campaign to try to stop these gangs which use violence and abuse to target the homes of vulnerable people and use them as bases for drug dealing.