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Police response to county lines and dark web drug trade examined

28 June 2022

The Home Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into drugs with an evidence session examining the trafficking and supply of illicit drugs and county lines. Witnesses include representatives of the British Transport Police, National Crime Agency, National Police Chiefs Council and third sector organisations.


Wednesday 29 June 2022

At 9.45am

Panel one: Law enforcement agencies

  • Dr Richard Lewis, Drugs lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police
  • Steve Rodhouse, Director General of Operations, the National Crime Agency
  • Charlie Doyle, Assistant Chief Constable, British Transport Police

Panel two: Academic and Third Sector representatives

  • Nicky Hill, Head of Services, Abianda
  • Junior Smart OBE, Business development manager and head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust
  • Dr Jack Spicer, Lecturer in Criminology, University of West England

The session will examine the trends and patterns in relation to the trafficking and supply of drugs and the police response to this. This will include the emergence of the dark web, that facilitate the trade of illegal drugs anonymously online, which has created further challenges for law enforcement. There are also concerns that the growth of illicit drug use at football matches has been a contributory factor in the growth of violence and disorder.

It will also discuss the 10-Year Drugs Strategy and the police response to this. The Committee will also explore the extent of county lines and the progress made in identifying and supporting people exploited by county lines, and the role of third sector organisations.

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