Drug Chief Curtis Warren is to be released on strict terms after 14 years in prison

Drug baron Curtis Warren is getting ready for release after 14 years in prison, but will face strict conditions.

Liverpool gangster Warren, 58, is not allowed to have assets worth more than £ 1,000, although he is said to have £ 198 million away.

He will be affected by a number of other restrictions on his lifestyle during a serious crime prevention order, including travel abroad and his use of the internet, telephones and vehicles – reports Mirror Online.

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Alison Abbott, head of Lifetime Management at the National Crime Agency, said: “Many career criminals view imprisonment as an interruption that rarely marks the end of their involvement in organized crime. This is why the NCA has a policy on Lifetime Management.

“Through the NCA’s Lifetime Management Program, we use orders to prevent serious crime, orders for travel restrictions, and orders for financial reporting as an additional layer of prevention.

“They make sure we have these people on our radar, especially after jail, and anything that suggests they are slipping into old ways can be detected early.”

Sources said Warren will be automatically released next year. He is not going to the probation board because he is not serving a life sentence.

Warren, who at one time had an estimated fortune of £ 300 million, was jailed for 13 years in 2009 for a plan to smuggle £ 1 million worth of cannabis to Jersey.

He was given another 10 years, half of which he has to serve, after failing to pay a £ 198 million confiscation order, one of the largest ever made in Europe.

Warren was detained after undercover police arrested him in 2007, a few days after he was released from prison for a previous offense.

He has spent almost all of the last 25 years in prison.

Warren is on a list published by the NCA earlier this year of people involved in organized crime who have been issued orders to prevent serious crime.

In his case, they include restrictions for five years after his release on his ability to use cars and property, borrow money, make transfers, hold trusts or shares, and use foreign or virtual currency.

If he breaks the terms, Warren could be sent back to jail.

He is believed to be in HMP Long Lartin, a Category A prison in Worcestershire and is expected to be moved to a lower category prison in the months before his release date next November.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, ‘Cocky’ graduated Warren, as he became known, from running nightclub doors, to armed robbery and then international drug trafficking.

In 1993, after the collapse of a complex drug case at Newcastle Crown Court, he was reported to have approached customs officers to tell them: “I have to spend my £ 87 million from the first shipment and you can not f ** ** ** touch me.”

Curtis Warren, from Liverpool, leaves The Royal Court in St.  Hellier, Jersey.
Curtis Warren, from Liverpool, leaves The Royal Court in St. Hellier, Jersey.

Warren was convicted of attempting to bake a £ 125 million drug shipment from the Netherlands to the UK and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1996.

In Nieuw Vosseveld maximum security prison, Turkish prisoner Cemal Guclu attacked Warren.

He kicked his attacker, a convicted murderer, in the head and killed him.

Warren claimed to have acted in self-defense and received an additional four years in prison.

He was released in the summer of 2007 and sent back to Liverpool. Within a few weeks, he flew to Jersey, where he was imprisoned again.

When Sir Richard Tucker sentenced him to 13 years in prison, Warren closed the book he had read most of the case and went out with prison guards behind him.

In 2013, prosecutors claimed Warren had control of a £ 198 million drug empire.

Prison officer Stephanie Smithwhite was jailed for two years at Durham Crown Court last year after she had a sexual relationship behind bars with the infamous gangster Warren.


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