Gucci trousers and £20k drugs haul found during County Line raid ‘linked to child exploitation’

From the Birmingham Mail Live website, the West Midlands Police say they suspect that this was a supply chain to groom vulnerable children to sell drugs.

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Police seized drugs with a street value of £20,000 and a selection of designer clothes after targeting a County Line ‘linked to child exploitation.’

West Midlands Police said they suspected a supply chain was grooming vulnerable children to sell drugs on the streets.

They forced entry into a flat in Spon End, Coventry, after receiving community intelligence.

Several large bags of dried cannabis bud were seized, plus a bag of cutting agent, dealer bags, digital scales and up to £1,000 in cash.

A 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply, police said.

Police also seized a selection of designer clothing, including Gucci trousers and high-end trainers worth hundreds of pounds, which police suspect was bought using drugs money.

“We prioritise targeting drug dealers as we know their activity is the cause of much of the violence experienced in our communities,” said Coventry Police Detective Chief Inspector Paul Southern.

“Police intelligence suggests these offenders are using children to deal at a street level in Coventry and neighbouring towns. Anyone who exploits vulnerable children to commit crime will be relentlessly pursued.

“Today’s effort is a clear demonstration we are listening to community concerns and acting on what they’re telling us. We always take information from the public seriously so if anyone has suspicions that a property is linked to crime, please tell us so we can take action.”

People can message police on Live Chat via its website or call 101. Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.