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A drugs baron nicknamed the “Cocky Watchman” is due to be released from prison after 25 years with police fearing he could return to his old antics.
Curtis “Cocky” Warren was a “major player” in the Merseyside drug scene and once held an estimated fortune of £300million.
However, his empire and vast fortune came to an end after he was arrested by undercover police in 2007 just days after his release for another offence, the Mirror reports.
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Warren, currently in high-security Whitemoor prison in Cambridgeshire, has only experienced just three weeks out of prison since 1997 due to his criminal antics.
It is now feared that the drug lord will return to Liverpool, despite the threat over his head of returning to jail should he break any of his release conditions.
Speaking to the Mirror, a source close to the National Crime Agency said: “Warren’s been the subject of countless meetings among top brass.
“They’re desperate to keep a lid on gangland shootings but he remains a major player with a big reach on Merseyside and beyond, so there are considerable steps in place to monitor any potential for fallout.”
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Despite his long stretch inside, Warren is reportedly still supported by senior criminal figures in Liverpool, who control the illegal drugs trade.
His criminal history saw him receive a 13-year term in 2009 over a plot to smuggle £1million of cannabis into Jersey.
Warren was later handed another 10 years, which he served half, for failing to pay one of Europe’s biggest ever confiscation orders, £198million.
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One insider said Warren is an “intelligent man” and will be “keeping a low profile on his release.”
Warren is currently on a list of individuals who have been issued with serious crime prevention orders, published by the National Crime Agency.
This means he is restricted on his use of cars and property, borrow money, make transfers, hold trusts or shares, among other things, for five years after his release.
Although rumours he may return to his old stomping grounds, one underworld source believes it might be best for Warren to stay away due to times changing.
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They said: “At the time he went away he was massive. He was into all sorts.
“He was in the right place at the right time at the start of the drugs revolution in the late 80s, early 90s.
“But things have changed so much in Liverpool since then. If I were him, and I had a bit of money stashed away, I would go abroad and start again.”
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