County Lines Drug Dealing: Prosecutions

Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 18th November 2021.

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Photo of Duncan Baker Duncan Baker Conservative, North Norfolk

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the CPS in prosecuting offences relating to county lines drug dealing.

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Attorney-General

The CPS’s early investigative advice on county lines with the police is making a difference. The majority of county lines offending relates to drug convictions and human trafficking. This year—although these figures do not relate to county lines offending alone—the CPS has secured 36,000 drug convictions and 238 human-trafficking convictions.

Photo of Duncan Baker Duncan Baker Conservative, North Norfolk

I want to place on record my thanks to Norfolk police; last month, it arrested 12 county lines drug dealers in a week-long crackdown against drugs across Norfolk. That is to be hugely applauded. I just want to check: do the police have the right support and, more importantly, does the CPS have all the tools that it needs and the resources to prosecute drug-dealing across our country successfully?

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Attorney-General

My hon. Friend raises an important point. I applaud his police team in Norfolk for their great results. In the east of England, Operation Orochi has led to significant terms of imprisonment imposed on 42 offenders convicted. As of October 2021, the number of county lines operations covered by the operation has been more than halved. They work closely with the police, leading to a high volume of convictions since November 2019.