We reveal how Liverpool’s drug lord ‘Cocky’ made 230 million euros over his criminal career
He is Liverpool’s most notorious drug lord and Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren is now placed on a newly designed UK Police watchlist meaning he will not be able to enjoy his fortune after his release from jail.
Arren, who flooded the UK and Ireland with cocaine and heroin until he was caught in 1996 in the Netherlands, is said to have earned an incredible £ 198million (230million ‘euros) during his criminal career.
He was locked up for the second time in 2009 after his release from prison in the Netherlands when he returned straight to the drug trade and attempted to flood the island of Jersey with narcotics.
Caged for 13 years, he was 10 years older in 2014 when he was ordered to pay back the huge sum on a confiscation order, but refused, saying he did not have the funds.
Warren is the subject of this week’s Crime World podcast which will feature author Peter Walsh, who wrote the bestselling ‘Cocky’ and Drug War: The Secret History which chronicles the rise of gangs in the UK. .
Walsh details the Scouser’s incredible career and says she left an indelible mark on Liverpool, which he describes as “the British version of Amsterdam”.
In his book Cocky, Walsh revealed how Warren went from petty con artist to armed thief to the top of the drug ladder in record time, while being flanked by a dark underworld figure believed to have put up investment funds and use it as a front. man of a huge drug conspiracy.
The mixed race from Toxeth was just 20 when he moved to Amsterdam to live full time after a gang war broke out in his native Liverpool. From there he organized the largest import of cocaine at the time, dealing directly with Cali’s brutal cartel from Colombia.
More than 500 kilograms of drugs entered the UK before the second 900 kilogram consignment was stopped while it was organizing its transport.
Warren had been placed under surveillance by Dutch police after officers at Merseyside identified him as their main target. Wiretaps were placed on his phones and he was heard arranging the drug transport and even bribing the highest ranking police official ever caught in a corruption investigation.
After being jailed in the Netherlands, British police pursued Detective Chief Superintendent Elmore Davies, who was jailed for five years for his role in a plot to undermine the justice system.
While in prison, Warren killed a fellow inmate and upon his release in 2007 he returned straight to the game, getting caught within weeks while plotting to flood Jersey with cannabis.
Now 58, Warren is expected to spend a number of more years behind bars before being released again. In 2009 he was sentenced to 13 years for the drug import conspiracy and in 2014 he was sentenced to 10 years for failing to pay the confiscation order.
He is in prison in the UK where he was recently discovered having sex with policewoman Stephanie Smithwhite when he was jailed near Durham in HMP Frankland Prison.
The officer pleaded guilty to misconduct in the public service, but was reportedly devastated that his relationship with Warren was due to end after they were arrested. A court heard that she drilled a hole in the crotch of her prison officer’s uniform to facilitate sex with Warren.
In recent months, Warren has been revealed to be on a new watchlist designed to deter organized crime. The list contains the names of some of the UK’s most notorious prisoners involved in organized crime.
The registry, which is made up of NCA agents, means he will be forced to live under the restrictions imposed by the courts upon his release. He can be sent back to prison if he breaks.
Restriction orders include limits on travel outside the UK, access to phones, internet and other communication devices, banking and assets or property valued at over £ 1,000.
Warren will not be allowed to get involved in any import / export business and will face other restrictions regarding his lifestyle and future employment.
Agents are always on the lookout for assets or money Warren holds and he should remain on the watch list for the rest of his life.
The orders mean serious organized criminals stay firmly on the police radar after release and make it harder for them to re-engage in organized crime.
Peter Walsh’s interview is available on Crime World this week on all podcast platforms.
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