County Lines

County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries. This is usually done by children or vulnerable people who are convinced to do it by gangs.

The Facts

  • Gang members involved in County Lines can come from any race, ethnicity, or background.

  • Those involved are mostly young people aged between 14 and 25 years old.

  • The main group of people that get exploited are children missing from home, those with poor school attendance, they might come from a deprived background, with history of abuse, offending behaviour, looked after children or those experiencing difficulties at home.

  • A child or young person who is affected by gang activity or serious youth violence can be at risk of significant harm.

How to spot County Lines

Keep Everybody Safe!


Who does it affect?

It is estimated that 46,000 children are involved in gang activity.

Signs to look out for.

Here are some signs to look out for that can suggest that someone you know might be involved in county lines activity.


How do I report something anonymously?

Visit the website for more information on how to report something anonymously.

Friends on a Mountain



The National Crime Agency are working hard to prevent County lines and protect young, vulnerable people from the risk of exploitation and potential harm. You can help!


If you have any information that you would like to share, then you can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers and reporting anonymously.


You can also report any information to the local police by calling 111