Boris Johnson is vowing to break up a 2,000 “County Lines” drug gang in a £300 million campaign to rid the country’s streets of illegal drugs.
The government is to formulate its 10-year drug strategy for England and Wales, which will see police acted by city-based crime rings to cut off the supply of class A drugs to surrounding county areas.
Also it will include what ministers say will lead to the biggest increase in investment and recovery in an effort to end the cycle of addiction and repeat crime.
There are 300,000 heroin and crack addicts in England, the Home Office said, accounting for nearly half of all acquisition crimes, including theft and robbery, while drugs account for nearly half of all homicides.
The total cost to society is placed at around £20 billion a year.
Among the tactic’s measures is the expansion of drug testing upon arrest, with police encouraged to direct individuals who test positive to treatment or other relevant interventions.
This may include attendance at drug awareness courses with criminal sanctions for those who continue to use.
Judges will be given the power to order drug tests on criminals serving community sentences for drug-related offences, with the possibility of jail time if they test positive.
When dealers are arrested, the police can confiscate their mobile phones and use them to send messages to their customers discouraging drug use and supporting them.
The measure is designed to remove the sense of anonymity that when people buy illegal drugs, they let the police know what’s going on.
A behavior change campaign will be conducted on university campuses to help them understand what messages work in discouraging drug abuse at an early stage.
The preventive and preventive measures will follow with an aggressive campaign aimed at drug gangs, which includes a commitment to destroy more than 2,000 county lines over the next three years with thousands more arrests.
Police will “disrupt” 6,400 “disruptions” against the activities of organized criminals who target the road and rail network while protecting vulnerable youths exploited by gangs to run drugs for them.
In an interview with The Sun on Sunday, Mr Johnson said this could include removing criminals’ passports and driving licenses.
The newspaper also reported that there would be additional cash for 50 local officials with the worst drug problems, including Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Liverpool, Hull and the coastal towns of the North East and Yorkshire.
In a statement before launching the strategy, the Prime Minister said: “Drugs are a curse to our society, fueling violence on our streets, which communities across the country are forced to endure.
“That’s why, to reduce crime and truly level up nationwide, we must intensify efforts to eliminate county line gangs that are ruining our neighborhoods, exploiting children and ruining lives.” are doing.
“Backed by record investments, the strategy we are setting today will strike supply and break the county line model that allows criminals to profit from people’s misery. Law breakers will have nowhere to hide. “
Home Secretary Priti Patel said police would target “kings” behind supply lines, thereby making roads safer for innocent civilians.
“It is clear that the drug trade is still committing a great deal of crime – we must do more to stop these brutal gangs from ruining lives, tearing communities apart and exploiting youth,” she said.
As for Labor, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said government action was long overdue, with Class A drug use at 27% and drug deaths at a record high since 2010.
“More than £100 million has been cut from treatment services, and cuts in police budgets have meant specialist drug enforcement teams have taken a backseat, allowing gangs to grow, increase and increase demand is,” she said.
“Drug use has increased, serious violence has increased, antisocial behavior has increased. More and more criminals are getting away with their crimes as total prosecutions have decreased.
“Any action taken by the government should be sufficient to undo the damage done by them.”
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