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Drugs (Cuckooing)

Drugs (Cuckooing)

Cuckooing is when a drug dealer or a gang takes over a vulnerable adult’s 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 avoid police detection. Cuckooing is often seen as a 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
  • Individuals with learning disabilities

If you know someone who is being cuckooed, contact the Police by calling 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111. If you are a victim of cuckooing yourself, tell someone – a family member, a friend or the Police.