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Man jailed following Derby cuckooing case

Alert message sent 09/07/2019 12:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for 30 months for a drugs offence after his involvement in ‘cuckooing’ the address of a vulnerable woman in Grey Street, Derby.

County lines is a type of crime which involves the exploitation of vulnerable young people and adults by violent gang members in order to move and sell drugs across the country. Drug dealers often take over the address of a vulnerable person to run the drug line from, which is known as cuckooing.

Zachary Bartram, 24, of Shaw Lane, Holbrook, was sentenced on Wednesday, July 3 for possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis. The offence relates to an incident on 13 January this year in which Bartram was found with quantities of drugs in the flat of a vulnerable victim, who had also been forced to sell drugs.

When officers searched the flat they discovered that Bartram had attempted to dispose of drugs in the toilet.

We take offences of this kind very seriously and in response to a noticeable increase in county lines intelligence now have a dedicated County Lines Disruption Team who work together to tackle county lines related criminality in Derby city, Erewash and South Derbyshire.

Cuckooing spot the signs:

Increased visitors to an address
Evidence of drug use in public areas
Secure doors wedged open

If you suspect that cuckooing is happening in your area please contact us.
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
Phone – call us on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Carole Woodall (Police, Communications Administrator, Derbyshire)

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