COUNTY LINES DRUG DEALING
County lines refers to gangs and organised criminal networks which export illegal drugs into suburban, rural and coastal areas, using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal line.”
The crime sees County Lines gangs exploit children and vulnerable adults to move drugs and money.
The gangs move into a rural or suburban area for a short time, taking over the home of a vulnerable person where they set up a base.
Many of those taken advantage of by these gangs have been forced to carry out criminal activity by threats, grooming and extortion and can be described as modern day slaves.
Have you noticed:
A child or young person (sometimes as young as 12), during school hours or unusual hours (e.g. early in the morning, late at night)? They might be in a shopping centre or high street, or on public transport.A child or young person who seems unfamiliar with the local area?A child or young person being approached or intimidated by a controlling peer or group? A child or vulnerable person who is deliberately avoiding authority figures such as police officers or security guards?More people calling at a local address than normal? Sometimes at unsociable hours?Suspicious vehicles or people at an address?A neighbour has not been seen for a while?
If you see something concerning either a young or vulnerable person that doesn’t feel right, or looks suspicious, you can report your concerns 100% anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact Police Scotland direct
A 19 year old man was arrested for theft of a Mazda from Wilson Crescent, Perth on Friday 5th May.
A 19 year old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for vandalism after smashing glass panelling on a bus stop in Kinnoull Street, Perth on Saturday 6th May. He was also in possession of herbal cannabis.
During the last week 5 drivers have been found to be without insurance, 3 had no licence and 1 had no MOT.
Between 11:30pm, Friday 5th and 6am, Saturday 6th May, 2 Milwaukee Staple Guns and a Husqvarna Chainsaw were stolen from a black Toyota Hilux parked in Struan Road, Perth. (CR/55886/23)
Between 10pm, Friday 5th and 7am, Saturday 6th May, a quantity of flowers were pulled up from a garden in Scott Street, Perth. (CR/57249/23)
Between 11am and 12pm, Tuesday 9th May, the rear windscreen of a blue Nissan Qashqai was smashed whilst the vehicle was parked in Ramsay Street, Crieff. (CR/57330/23)
About 10:15pm, Saturday 6th May, a caravan was set on fire in a layby on the A977 near Powmill. (CR/56168/23)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERNET LINKS
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Your Community Policing Teams
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PI Peter Duncan
PERTH CITY NORTH
PI Paul Haigh
PERTH CITY SOUTH
PI Kristopher McCall
PI Ashley Wallace
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PI Lesley McDonald
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