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.