The national crackdown has enabled officers in the UK to discover and close down several country lines used for communication by drug dealers.
About 90 “country lines” phone numbers which have been used for connection in drug businesses from London and across the whole country have been shut down by the police.
The police forces came up with a strategy to target the senior “controllers” in charge of the branded phone lines to distribute their product, and then make a plan to sell heroin and crack cocaine to smaller town and cities. These criminals regularly take advantage of youngsters and vulnerable people to work as their couriers. This has prompted violence across the UK as most of them carried weapons like knives in the process.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty said: “These are the people who often rarely leave London, avoid handling drugs themselves but they coordinate the distribution.
“They exploit children and vulnerable adults and collect the profits at the end. They remain in the shadows but are responsible for a trail of misery and mayhem across the UK.”
At the moment police records show that there have been about 183 charges of drug trafficking. According to the police, all the defendants in the 18 cases which were brought to court were found guilty, hence received more than 50 years imprisonment.
In a report, Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said “We want to destroy the business model. We are beginning to turn the tables.
“Our operations have become increasingly successful and criminals should be deterred from running county lines because of the ever-increasing risk of being caught.”