Sheffield criminals traffick drug mules nationwide

Vulnerable people in South Yorkshire are being increasingly exploited by criminals who are trafficking them around the country to sell drugs.

The new trend – known as County Lines – sees criminal gangs coerce people who are often themselves drug users with mental health issues or chaotic lifestyles.

The victims are sent as mules into other counties but may also be “cuckooed” as drug dealers take over their homes to ply their trade.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings was on a raid with officers when they found a man from North Africa who had been brought here to work on a cannabis farm.

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