Working County Lines

  • Robert McLean
  • Grace Robinson
  • James A. Densley
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


In Chap. 4 we explored more broadly some of the overarching processes and trends in the British drugs trade. We explored this through three main themes. Firstly, we looked at changes in the IDM. We then proceeded to look at supply processes at the local and regional level, and through a case study of Paisley, explored how dealers changed tactics as they adapted to the new dealing environment. The last theme was that of professionalisation as we tracked the need for dealers to become more ‘business-like’ in their activities in order to be successful, blurring lines between the upper- and under-worlds and the extent to which people were or were not involved in illegal activities. In this chapter we now look at how these overarching trends and processes have contributed to the rise in County Lines activity, as the emerging new model of drug supply in Britain today.


Drug incentives Drug advertising Drug transporation Drug trafficking Extra-legal governance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert McLean
    • 1
  • Grace Robinson
    • 2
  • James A. Densley
    • 3
  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastleUK
  2. 2.CriminologyBlackpool and the Fylde CollegeLancashireUK
  3. 3.Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education CenterMetropolitan State UniversityBrooklyn ParkUSA

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