Kids 'as young as 10' used by drug gangs in Lancashire

Lancashire police are launching a crackdown on drugs gangs who use vulnerable young people to do their dirty work.

Saturday, 17th March 2018, 11:03 am
Updated Saturday, 17th March 2018, 12:10 pm
Drug gangs are targeting young people (Posed by model/PA)

They have teamed up with with the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) to hold an awareness event in Morecambe’s Festival market today.

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Gangs sometimes use youngsters – as young as 10 – as drug runners or to hide substances, and often dealers use a dedicated mobile phone line to co-ordinate illegal drug dealing with customers in towns many miles away.

Andrew Webster, Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent, said: “Criminal gangs will exploit vulnerability in all of its forms to aid their activities. Intelligence from our communities is key to the police taking out the gangs responsible.”