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County Lines: Exploitation and Drug Dealing among Urban Street Gangs

Simon Harding


Described by the National Crime Agency as a ‘significant threat’, county lines involve gangs recruiting vulnerable youth to sell drugs in provincial areas. This phenomenon has impacted local drug markets, increasing criminal activity and violence. Exploring how county lines evolve, the book reveals extensive criminal exploitation and control in the daily ‘grind’ to sell drugs. Drawing upon extensive interviews and case studies, the book gives voice to users and dealers, providing an in-depth analysis of techniques, relationships and ‘trapping’. The book examines how London-based urban street g ... More

Keywords: youth violence, organised crime, county lines, drugs, vulnerable youth, drug markets, criminal activity, violence, criminal exploitation, drug use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529203073
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529203073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Harding, author
University of West London