Middle class drug users are fuelling the bloodshed on Britain's streets, Sajid Javid warns

Mail Online | 10/2/2018 | Ian Drury And Jason Groves For The Daily Mail
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Middle -class professionals are fuelling bloodshed on Britain’s streets with their desire for drugs, the Home Secretary warned last night.

Sajid Javid said those who took cocaine and Ecstasy at dinner parties were ‘not innocent’ of the rise in violence sweeping the country.

Intervention - Drug - Use - Wealthy - Warfare

In a hard-hitting intervention, he condemned recreational drug use among the wealthy for being responsible for warfare among gangs, including those running county lines networks, by bumping up demand.

He said middle-class men and women who took lines of cocaine or Ecstasy pills were fuelling the knife and gun crime epidemic that was killing young people.

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Demand for drugs led to ‘county lines gangs’ luring children as young as 12 into becoming couriers – and unwittingly ensnared in a web of brutality and intimidation.

It is believed there are more than 1,400 county line gangs – named after the lucrative telephone lines used to organise the illegal trade – and that they are making an estimated £1.8 billion annual total profit.

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Gangs based in Britain’s biggest cities groom boys and girls into becoming ‘drug mules’ to flood market towns and seaside resorts with heroin and crack cocaine.

Over the past weeks the Daily Mail has highlighted how the county lines menace has grown. Mr Javid pledged a ‘fightback’ against the criminals who ‘ruin lives and damage society’. He spoke out as he launched a...
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