Drugs – Exploitation & 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
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 someone is in immediate danger, dial 999.
If you are a victim of cuckooing yourself, tell someone – a family member, a friend or the Police. Brotherton House is a safe space to disclose that you are a victim of Cuckooing during opening hours.
Once you have reported this to the police, please contact us if it affects our residents or property, so that we can also investigate.