Last week the National Crime Agency NCA revealed that the scale of the county lines trade, in which criminal networks use children to funnel drugs from cities to towns and rural areas, was far greater than previously thought. Operations in major cities seek new markets outside urban hubs for their drugs, primarily crack cocaine and heroin. The expansion of their networks into the regions often comes with exploitation. Children and vulnerable adults are often coerced into ferrying and stashing the drugs.
Drug gangs exploit kids
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Call 01 Teenagers and sometimes preteens are being coerced into drug dealing and drug running in Dublin 15 according to the report. A recently published study by Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force BLDATF found that the number of teenagers involved in drug running and drug dealing was a major factor contributing to ease of access to narcotics. The study suggests an increase in the number of under 18s dealing and running drugs may be related to drug debt intimidation, where young people are forced to hold and sell drugs to pay off debts. It found the average age of drug dealers under 18 was just 14 with the youngest being just years-old. Drug runners, usually used to transport drugs between dealers, have an average age of 13, with the youngest aged just eight. The use of minors for drug distribution has been a long standing method used by older, larger scale dealers as there are less criminal consequences due to their age.
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He should be in school. Instead he has journeyed several hours north by train to make his deliveries. This is the reality of drug dealing in Britain today, where violent drug gangs in larger cities use child couriers.