County lines drug boss could ‘recruit army of kids from outside school gates’

County lines drug boss could ‘recruit army of kids from outside school gates’


A heartless County Lines enforcer claims he could easily recruit an “army” of children from outside school gates to flog Class-A drugs The man, who called himself Martin, has worked in the illegal drugs trade since ecstasy emerged in mid-1980s He currently has 12 children working for him, some of them not even teenagers Three were recruited within the past week from a northern town but Martin claims he could have “an army” of 50 kids within 10 days if he wanted Speaking just days after a suspected County Lines gang was arrested on suspicion of grooming 40 kids from the same school Swindon, Wilts, Martin described himself as a “floor manager” within the gang He said some of the kids even call him “dad” because he is the only father figure they’ve ever had The career crook, who nets up to £10,000-a-week profit through the illicit trade, said: “I can’t afford to have a conscience “I wouldn’t do what I do if I did because ultimately people die and that (drugs) destroys homes I put that straight out of my mind. “Over the last week I have added three kids to the gang And they are literally school leavers. But they are a good age, around 16. “They are keen as mustard I would say in total around 12 work for me. They are good at that age because they are keen and fresh “They want money. Other people have got jobs and apprenticeships but there are only so many jobs “I can practically stand outside college and the careers office and pick them up The kids comes to me. Friends of friends, or their mates. “They’re always keen as mustard I reckon I could recruit an army of about 50 in 10 days if I wanted just in this area “They want money, nice houses, mopeds, fancy shoes, you name it. I do not think they’re groomed “Once you’ve got them under your wing you put work into them. Give them a bit of your time – you expect a bit of loyalty back “But apart from that I wouldn’t go as far as groomed. “Slavery and all that. Slavery? They’re fu*king keen slaves if that’s slavery ” He said that kids are getting younger than before because the police are less likely to search them when they transport drugs to regional towns And because he lives several hours drive away from where they are sold, he routinely uses GPS trackers to monitor the children’s movements “It is handy,” he said. “Especially with the younger ones, you tend to worry if anything happens to them If they end up in a ditch somewhere – at least you’d be able to find them. “I can’t guarantee their safety “I have had some in trouble and I’ve said ‘I’ll come and get you’. “And I will go and get them But in reality if he’s in a train station up in Carlisle there’s not a lot I can do from here if two or three lads decide to attack “If I knew where he was I could go and sort it. I am good at sorting things. I think you’re a bit of a loser if anything happens to you ” In other shocking revelations, the Daily Star can reveal that a war is brewing with Albanian gangs who are trying to “muscle in” on northern towns – still predominately controlled by British crooks One gangster told the Daily Star they are “even more ruthless” than the Brits and would “sell their own mothers” to get ahead And as the market becomes increasingly crowded the purity of drugs is getting higher – with gangs offering cut price deals on heroin and crack cocaine to lure in customers Another source revealed that County Lines phone lines are so lucrative they are being sold for as much as £20,000 a time

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