Notorious We reveal how ‘Cocky’ Liverpool drug lord made €230m during his criminal career
Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren is being placed on a newly devised watchlist by UK police which means he won’t be able to enjoy his fortune after he is released from jail
May 23 2021 09:00 PM
He is Liverpool’s most notorious drug lord and now Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren is being placed on a newly devised watchlist by UK police which means he won’t be able to enjoy his fortune after he is released from jail.
Warren, who flooded the UK and Ireland with cocaine and heroin until he was nabbed in 1996 in Holland, was estimated to have made an incredible Stg£198 million (E230 million) during his criminal career.
He was locked up for the second time in 2009 after his release from prison in the Netherlands when he went straight back to drug dealing and tried to flood the island of Jersey with narcotics.
Warren arrives at court in Jersey. Crime World · Episode 27: The Merseyside Mobster who flooded the UK and Ireland with Cocaine
Caged for 13 years, he got a further 10 years in 2014 when he was ordered to pay back the enormous sum on a confiscation order but refused, saying he didn’t have the funds.
Warren is the subject of this week’s Crime World podcast which will feature author Peter Walsh, who wrote the bestseller ‘Cocky’ and Drug War: The Secret History which tracks the rise of gangland in the UK.
Walsh details the amazing career of the Scouser and says it left an indelible mark on Liverpool, which he describes as ‘the UK version of Amsterdam.’
In his book Cocky, Walsh revealed how Warren went from petty crook to armed robber to the very top of the drugs ladder in record time, while being mentored by a shadowy underworld figure who is suspected of putting up investment funds and using him as the front man of a huge drug conspiracy.
The mixed race Toxeth native was only in his mid 20s when he moved to Amsterdam to live full time after a gang war broke out in his native Liverpool. From there, he organised the biggest importation of cocaine at the time, dealing directly with the brutal Cali cartel from Colombia.
More than 500 kilos of drugs got into the UK before the second shipment of 900 kilos was stopped as he arranged to transport it.
Warren had been placed under surveillance by Dutch police after Merseyside officers detailed him as their top target. Wire taps were placed on his phones and he was heard arranging the transport of the drugs and even bribing the most senior police officer ever to be caught up in a corruption probe.
After he was jailed in the Netherlands, UK police prosecuted Detective Chief Superintendent Elmore Davies, who was jailed for five years for his role in a plot to undermine the justice system.
In prison Warren killed a fellow inmate and on his release in 2007 went straight back into the game, getting nabbed within weeks as he plotted to flood Jersey with cannabis.
Now 58, Warren is expected to spend another number of years behind bars before he is released again. In 2009 he was given 13 years for the plot to import drugs and in 2014 he got 10 years for failing to pay up on the confiscation order.
He is in prison in the UK where he was recently found to be having sex with a female officer, Stephanie Smithwhite, when he was jailed near Durham in HMP Frankland prison.
The officer pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office but was said to be devastated that her relationship with Warren had to come to an end after they were caught. A court heard she had cut a hole in the crotch of her prison officer’s uniform to facilitate sex with Warren.
In recent months it has been revealed that Warren is on a new watchlist designed to deter organised crime. The list features the names of some of the most notorious prisoners in the UK involved in organised crime.
The register, which is put together by NCA officers, means that he will be forced to live under restrictions imposed by the courts on his release. He can be sent back to prison if he breaks any.
Among the restriction orders are limits on travel outside the UK, access to phones, the internet and other communications devices, banking and holding assets or properties valued at more than Stg£1,000.
Warren will not be allowed get involved in any import/export business and will face other restrictions regarding his lifestyle and future employment.
Officers are still searching for any assets or monies that Warren holds and he is expected to be kept on the watchlist for the rest of his life.
The orders mean that serious organised criminals remain firmly on the police radar after their release and makes it more difficult for them to get back involved in organised crime.
Peter Walsh’s interview is available on this week’s Crime World on all podcast platforms.