Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is likely you will have heard the term ‘County Lines’ in the news recently. This is a real and growing form of criminal activity that exists nationally and regionally across the West Midlands.
To explain, it is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs from urban areas into rural areas. The leaders of these gangs are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults, often without them realising it, to move (and store) drugs and money. They use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.