Birmingham news Seven County Lines networks shut down - with cash and £200k in drugs seized MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - A specialist unit set up by West Midlands to disrupt the work of organised crime gangs is celebrating after shutting down County Lines networks, seizing drugs worth £200,000 and confiscating a cache of deadly weapons
Breaking News ! A police team set up to smash the work of organised crime gangs in the West Midlands is celebrating a string of successes - including shutting down seven County Lines drugs networks. The West Midlands Police unit has also seized drugs worth £200,000 and a deadly haul of weapons, including homemade "slam guns", machetes and shotguns. They have also confiscated a "posh" dinner set - worth an astonishing £3,000! This is what West Midlands Police seized from organised crime gangs in just a three month period in 2020 View gallery The specialist organised crime unit works alongside police intelligence specialists. They build up a detailed picture on the make-up of Organised Crime Gangs (OCGs) operating in the city and also plan raids on those linked to violence, gun and drug crime. So far this year they've notched up a number of successes. Between April and June of this year, the team has: * Recovered drugs valued at £200,000 - mainly Class A heroin and crack cocaine - and £55,000 in cash. * Executed 18 warrants at addresses linked to organised crime and arrested 25 people for offences including drugs supply, kidnap and extortion. Some of the Class A drugs seized by the specialist unit (Image: West Midlands Police) * Seized weapons including two homemade "slam guns", a shotgun, imitation firearms, combat knives and machetes. * Impounded 22 vehicles and carried out 69 stop and searches. * Broken up seven County Lines drug supply chains. * Confiscated a range of goods worth thousands of pounds - including designer clothing, a £3,000 dinner set, phones and tablets - thought to have been bought under the proceeds of crime.
. “The County Lines drug supply chains have been operating into and out of Coventry into other force areas, so we’ve been working closely with the Regional Organised Crime Unit, British Transport Police and colleagues in neighbouring police areas.
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“The investment of additional staff by police leaders into the Gangs Unit has had a remarkable impact on criminals spreading misery in our city and fuelling the violence that causes fear in our communities, particularly that which affects our young people." Insp Malone said they had even seized a dinner set, estimated to be valued at around £3,000. “That might seem like an odd thing for police to seize - but during warrants we’re also looking for cash or assets that can be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)," he said.
“We’ve also seized thousands of pounds worth of designer clothing and electronics like phones and tablet computers. And if suspects can’t prove they’ve acquired them legitimately then we’ll look to permanently seize the goods. “Many of our successes come thanks to information provided by the public. If you suspect anyone is linked to drugs or gangs then please let us know so we can take action to make our communities safer." People can message the unit on Live Chat via our website or call us on 101. Information can also be given anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where calls cannot be traced and callers won’t be asked for their names.
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