By Tony Barnes
Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the equipment of the road nook and increased them to an paintings shape. He cast direct hyperlinks with the the cocaine cartels of Columbia, the heroine godfathers of Turkey, the hashish cultivators of Marocco and the Ectasy brands of Holland and jap Europe. His medicinal drugs went all over the world, from the golf equipment of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden shorelines of Sydney.
This acclaimed and best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric upward push from highway mugger to the richest and so much winning British legal who has ver been stuck. It relates how the Liverpool mafia grew to become the UK's best drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang conflict and the way he corrupted top-level cops; unveils the interior tale of the largest and such a lot profitable British legislations enforcement operation ever undertaken; and divulges the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that introduced his international empire crashing down.
Thoroughly revised and up-to-date, COCKY is a surprising perception into geared up crime and a big research right into a modern foreign drug baron.
'Compelling' - The Observer.
Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Crime Non-fiction.
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He used to be within the rest room. As he observed the officials, he attempted to throw away a section of paper with a Vodafone quantity on it. that they had little difficulty arresting the mild-mannered Kassar yet Warren was once thought of a special proposition. He had convictions for violence opposed to cops, albeit while he was once undefined. He used to be positioned at a girlfriend’s condo in Tuebrook, Liverpool. A contingent from the Midlands neighborhood Crime Squad, which have been engaged on Warren due to the fact that Operation Bruise, travelled as much as sign up for the bust. They booked into the Adelphi resort in important Liverpool posing because the ‘West Midlands County Council’, asserting they have been anything to do with the inquiry into the Hillsborough soccer catastrophe. ‘We have been warned Warren had a Rottweiler puppy and was once equipped like Mike Tyson,’ stated a customs officer. ‘We had an armed police group yet regrettably it was once 9 within the morning, with childrens going to college and the binmen coming around. It wasn’t excellent. i used to be despatched around the again of the home and that i proposal, if he comes operating out I’m going to need to hit him with the bin simply because it’s the one means I’m going to forestall him. ‘Anyway we smashed our approach in and he didn’t try and leg it. yet he was once giving us a correct mouthful, every kind of abuse. Then this police inspector got here in and gave him a mouthful correct again. I had a brief go searching, then wrote down what he used to be asserting – which wasn’t really nice – and requested him if he desired to signal my workstation as a press release of what had occurred. He was once sitting at the sofa and his unique answer was once, “How am i able to signal your laptop with my fingers cuffed in the back of my again, you cunt? ” The law enforcement officials had slapped the cuffs on him and that i hadn’t realised. As for the Rottweiler, thankfully it used to be rather outdated and docile. ’ Warren had £1,000 in money, a Bearcat scanning machine for intercepting police frequencies, and an envelope with a British visitor’s passport within. Beside his mattress was once a cellular phone – bearing the quantity at the scrap of paper Kassar had it appears attempted to conceal. ‘Curtis used to be taken to the principal detention centre. He observed one of many Midlands officials and acknowledged, “Oh! You’re with the West Midlands County Council. You have been staying within the Adelphi, weren’t you? ” The police officers received a true fucking fright. Curtis knew every thing that went on in Liverpool. ’ round a dozen different males have been arrested. so much remained silent, even though one or who have been all in favour of a minor means in relocating or storing the ingots did solution questions. They stated they have been performing solely innocently and knew not anything of any medicinal drugs. All have been charged with conspiring to import cocaine. 7 FIASCO Warren’s free up from custody had made him a hero within the eyes of a few of the Toxteth group. He used to be the dwelling embodiment of the greenback ethos. He was once coming to think he used to be untouchable. THE TRIAL OF the Operation Singer defendants promised to be lengthy and complicated. Ten males confronted fees of conspiring to smuggle ‘Class A’ prohibited medications. They incorporated Curtis Warren, Brian Jennings, Joe Kassar and a couple of alleged bit-part gamers curious about relocating or storing the lead ingots for either shipments.