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Operation Rampart is Cumbria Constabulary’s overarching response to county lines - the type of organised crime network that traffics drugs using dedicated mobile phone lines.
Our officers - from specialist and local policing teams - identify, disrupt, deter and safeguard Cumbrian communities against this type of exploitative drugs supply.
We cannot do this alone. We require support and information on what is happening in communities from vigilant members of the public.
Typically, a ‘bulk text’ is sent out by a ‘line controller’ advertising the availability of heroin and crack which is then sold to users through local supply networks.
Crime groups sometimes exploit children and vulnerable adults to facilitate county lines by having them move and/or store drugs and cash, for example.
Crime groups may target a vulnerable person in the area they want to operate in and take over their home as a base from where to sell drugs.
This will often involve violence, intimidation, harassment or the offer of money or drugs.
The use of such a property for drug dealing can leave the vulnerable person homeless and is known as “cuckooing”.
Protect yourself, your family, your friends and your community – together we can ensure that organised crime groups do not establish their drug supply operations within our communities.