Curtis 'Cocky' Warren, 57, is a Liverpool-born gangster who became an international drug trafficker worth tens of millions of pounds

Curtis 'Cocky' Warren, 57, is a Liverpool-born gangster who became an international drug trafficker worth tens of millions of pounds

Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, 57, is a Liverpool-born gangster who became an international drug trafficker worth tens of millions of pounds

A drug baron who hid a £198million fortune from police is set for freedom after spending nearly half his life in jail.  

Curtis Warren, 58, could be released next year after serving his latest 14-year term – but will face curbs on spending on assets costing more than £1000.

Warren, known by the nickname ‘Cocky’, spent the early 1980s as a nightclub bouncer before moving on to armed robbery and international drug trafficking through the 1990s. 

The career criminal has spent the last 25 years in jail.

He was first sentenced to 12 years in 1996 for trying to move a £125million drugs shipment from the Netherlands to the UK, given another four years for killing a fellow prisoner and just weeks after being released in 2007, was arrested again for a plot to get drugs into Jersey, and jailed for a further 14 years.

Warren is currently understood to be at HMP Long Lartin, a category A jail in Worcestershire, but he may be moved to a lower category prison ahead of his release next November, reported The Mirror.  

In 2007 Warren (right) was pictured being met by his childhood friend and crime partner John Welsh at Jersey airport, days after he was released from jail for a previous offence

In 2007 Warren (right) was pictured being met by his childhood friend and crime partner John Welsh at Jersey airport, days after he was released from jail for a previous offence

In 2007 Warren (right) was pictured being met by his childhood friend and crime partner John Welsh at Jersey airport, days after he was released from jail for a previous offence

Sources claim Warren will be automatically released in 12 months’ time despite the fact ‘many career criminals regard prison as an interruption which rarely marks the end of their involvement in organised crime,’ according to Alison Abbot at the National Crime Agency (NCA). 

Warren, who once had an estimated fortune of £300million, was jailed for 13 years in 2009 over a plot to smuggle £1million of cannabis into Jersey.  

In 2007 Warren was pictured being met by his childhood friend and crime partner John Welsh at Jersey airport, days after he was released from jail for a previous offence. 

He was given another ten years after he failed to pay a £198million confiscation order and has spent most of the last 25 years in jail.

Under a serious crime prevention order he will face curbs on foreign travel, as well as use of a phone, vehicles and the internet. 

Cannabis seized during a States of Jersey Police investigation that brought down a drugs plot controlled from Merseyside

Cannabis seized during a States of Jersey Police investigation that brought down a drugs plot controlled from Merseyside

Cannabis seized during a States of Jersey Police investigation that brought down a drugs plot controlled from Merseyside

Ms Abbott described the measures as ‘an extra layer of prevention’. She added: ‘They ensure we firmly have these individuals on our radar, especially after prison, and anything that suggests that they’re slipping into old ways can be detected early on.’ 

The NCA published Warren’s name on a list of individuals issued with serious crime prevention orders.

The order, which will be in force for five years, will restrict his ability to buy cars and property, borrow money, make transfers, hold trusts or shares and use foreign or virtual currency.

The consequences of breaking the conditions will be a further jail term.

Stephanie Smithwhite, 40, former prison officer at HMP Frankland

Stephanie Smithwhite, 40, former prison officer at HMP Frankland

Stephanie Smithwhite, 40, former prison officer at HMP Frankland 

After a drugs trial collapsed at Newcastle crown court in 1993, Warren reportedly told customs officers ‘I’m off to spend my £87million from the first shipment and you can’t f***ing touch me’.

Three years later he was sentenced to 12 years in jail for trying to move a £125million drugs shipment from the Netherlands to the UK.

Turkish prisoner Cemal Guclu was killed in the Nieuw Vosseveld maximum security jail after Warren kicked him in the head. He said Guclu attacked him and it was self-defence, but had four years added to his sentence.

In 2007 he was released and sent back to Liverpool, but was rearrested in Jersey within weeks. 

When judge Sir Richard Tucker jailed him for 13 more years Warren closed the book he spent proceedings reading and was escorted out by prison guards. 

And last year Prison officer Stephanie Smithwhite was jailed for two years after admitting misconduct in a public office over a sexual relationship with Warren at Frankland jail in Co Durham.

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