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County Lines

An investigation by Surrey Police, with support from the SEROCU TOEX team, has resulted in several suspects being charged, in connection with a county lines operation. Surrey Police requested assistance from TOEX after it was identified that children, who were often reported missing, were being exploited by those concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs.

The TOEX Response

The TOEX team were asked to fill intelligence gaps to identify where the suspects were located, determine whether there were additional suspects and safeguard any further victims.

The team created detailed subject profiles and submitted intelligence and analytical reports based on communications data analysis completed by the Intelligence Analyst. This information was deconflicted against other operations and facilitated financial, HMRC and DWP taskings.

As a direct result of TOEX’s involvement, and following further enquiries by the force, two individuals were arrested at the locations identified. The suspects have since been charged with several offences, including arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, being concerned in supplying controlled drug – Class A, Class B and Class C. Both will appear at court in September.

The team continue to work with the Regional Organised Crime Threat Assessment (ROCTA) Unit to map the suspects involved as an organised crime group (OCG).