140 arrests in 3 months for British Transport Police’s Taskforce

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The British Transport Police has announced that more than 140 people have been arrested since they started the County Lines Taskforce in December.

Recent arrests include a man stopped at Kings Cross station in London where officers seized more than £3,000 in heroin and crack cocaine.

Today, Wednesday 19th February, the Taskforce worked with the Metropolitan Police to execute a warrant at a home in London, arresting one man on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

The Taskforce was set up with Home Office funding to tackle gangs using the railway network to transport drugs.

Taskforce officers at stations and on certain routes used by gangs have seized large amounts of drugs, weapons and more than £26,000 in cash.

The BTP has also secured further Home Office funding to expand the Taskforce and extend its work throughout the year and 2021.

What did the officials say?

The Task Force lead, Superintendent Gareth Williams, said:

“The Taskforce continues to go from strength to strength, ensuring passengers travel in safety and that gangs know without doubt that the rail network is not a place to operate.

“We work very closely with police forces across England, Wales and Scotland, carrying out multiple operations every week, and will continue to do this throughout the year.”

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