Dame Carol Black has published a review into the challenges posed by drug supply and demand, and what more can be done to tackle the harm that drugs cause. 

Responding to the report, the National Crime Agency's Director of Threat Leadership, Rob Jones, said:

“We are grateful to Dame Carol Black for her comprehensive review, which provides welcome insight into how the entire system to address illegal drug use from source to user is currently working.

“Illegal drugs is a corrosive threat that is ruining lives and bringing exploitation and violence to our communities.

“The review highlights the destructive impact illegal drugs have on society and offers recognition of the positive action being taken by the National Crime Agency and policing to tackle the threat and the successes seen in County Lines.

“Protecting the public is our priority and we work relentlessly to tackle the whole drug supply chain. Our international networks and UK capabilities are uniquely placed to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the transnational crime networks trafficking drugs towards and within the UK.

“Recent operations have led to the conviction of corrupt port workers moving hundreds of kilos of Class A drugs through the border, dismantling crime groups importing cocaine worth millions of pounds concealed in yachts and the seizure of 1.3 tonnes heroin, the largest ever UK seizure.”

27 February 2020