In 2017 Gloucestershire Constabulary ran a anti-drugs operation – Op Tarak - to target County Lines gangs (previously called Dangerous Drugs Networks) operating within the county.
We are targeting sophisticated, organised drugs networks that are moving into Gloucestershire and being run from large cities such as London or Birmingham. They want to establish an operational base and presence in the county and disrupt existing drug supply chains. Their tactics are usually aggressive and often violent.
These people deliberately exploit vulnerable people in the area by supplying them, often free, with class A drugs and encouraging teenagers to become drug runners for the network. They will even take over the homes of these vulnerable people to sell drugs from and refuse to leave when asked (called cuckooing).
Please help us to tackle these County Line gangs by providing us with any information that you may have here. You can remain anonymous by choosing not to be contacted.
How do these networks work?
Drug networks operating from large cities are moving into the county. Members of these networks travel in and out of the county to deliver drugs and collect cash.
They often recruit local runners and drug dealers using their local knowledge to build up further contacts and users. These drug networks are then continually ‘marketed’ through a variety of methods from word of mouth to crudely written phone numbers on scraps of paper.
County Line gangs exploit the most vulnerable people in society, often targeting those with mental health issues, existing drug addicts, vulnerable teenagers and single mothers.
What are we doing about it?
We want to halt the growth of County Line gangs, also referred to as Dangerous Drugs Networks, whose presence increases the level of extreme violence we see in the county. We are working hard with colleagues and partner agencies, both within Gloucestershire and the wider South West, as well as the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Partner agencies include mental health providers, substance misuse and rehabilitation centres, housing associations and schools to educate our county residents on the realities of County Line gangs.
Help and advice:
Help and support for victims of drug gangs
Gloucestershire's Victim Support
- 0808 281 0112
Help and support for witnesses
- 0800 555 111