Drugs, drug dealing and cuckooing
Use of illegal drugs and drug dealing is a criminal offence and should be reported to the Police immediately by calling 999 if you or someone else in in danger or at immediate risk of harm.
If a crime has been committed and you are not currently in danger, please contact the Police on 101 or report it online.
After you have reported it to the Police, please contact us with the incident report number and we will advise you of any action that we may be able to take.
Cuckooing is when a drug deal or a gang takes over a vulnerable persons address for criminal purposes, usually as a site to supply, store or produce drugs.
Gangs will exploit an individual’s vulnerabilities in order to make a profit and to avoid police detection. Cuckooing is often seen as part of county lines criminality which involves drug gangs exploiting children and vulnerable adults.
The victims of cuckooing are often:
- Those who suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction
- Those who are struggling financially
- The elderly
- People with mental health issues
- People with learning disabilities.
If you know someone who is being cuckooed, contact the Police by calling 101. If you are a victim of cuckooing yourself, tell someone – a family member, a friend or the Police.