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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 artwork shape. He solid 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 japanese Europe. His medicines went around the globe, from the golf equipment of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden seashores of Sydney.

This acclaimed and best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric upward push from road mugger to the richest and such a lot winning British legal who has ver been stuck. It relates how the Liverpool mafia grew to become the UK's ideal drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang war and the way he corrupted top-level law enforcement officials; unveils the interior tale of the most important 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 overseas drug baron.

'Compelling' - The Observer.

Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Crime Non-fiction.

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Thursday, October 24 At 4 o’clock within the morning, quite a few unshaven, grim-faced males amassed in a convention room on the headquarters of the Prisma staff within the Hague. between them have been British Crayfish officials who had flown within the day ahead of, invited alongside as observers. Briefings have been additionally occurring within the united kingdom at Fraggle Rock and on the Merseyside Police headquarters. a sequence of raids in England will be timed to coincide with these in Holland. It was once the end result of the activity that had ate up such a lot of lives for therefore lengthy. the lads who have been to recognize Warren and his co-conspirators have been distinct paramilitary arrest groups. they've got a powerful acceptance and an amazing armoury, together with heat-seeking detectors to find humans inside of darkish structures, stun grenades to incapacitate their goals, CS gasoline and sub-machine weapons. Tom Driessen used to be dependable. ‘The district legal professional and the prosecuting lawyer within the Hague had given their permission for the squad to be used,’ acknowledged Driessen. ‘They continuously ask what sort of guns they could confront. It used to be tricky to claim yet we knew the type of humans we have been up opposed to. considered one of them, Mee, had escaped from custody in Britain in one of these violent means that we knew they most likely will be armed and submit robust resistance. No percentages have been being taken. It used to be annoying. It used to be challenging to place surveillance on Warren particularly as a result of his selection of domestic. He constantly selected a spot the place he may well go searching him. We knew he had a couple off binoculars on a stand on the window. ’ Clothed in black, the arrest groups moved stealthily into place round a few structures, together with Bakara and the Shed. ‘We received info from our groups at the flooring that each one the ambitions have been in position, that everybody used to be the place we proposal they have been and that the cocaine used to be nonetheless in position. At 5 o’clock, I gave the golf green gentle. ’ at the very least ten officials burst into Bakara via a number of access issues. They ran from room to room, yelling directions. Warren was once asleep in an upstairs bed room, by myself and unarmed. His disorientated frame of mind as he used to be jolted unsleeping via the percussion thump of a stun grenade, to work out himself surrounded by means of hideous armed figures in black, can basically be imagined. For as soon as in his existence, he confirmed worry. ‘From the instant he opened his eyes the very first thing he observed used to be a gun at his head,’ stated Driessen. ‘I imagine he was once very scared. i am hoping I by no means get arrested via these men. They searched the remainder of the home to ensure no-one else was once there. ’ Arresting his lieutenants on the Shed proved to be more challenging. 3 goals have been dozing there they usually have been all assumed to be armed and unsafe. The arrest workforce made its silent manner throughout the backyard after which, on a sign from the workforce chief, crashed during the entrance door with a battering ram. ‘They needed to stream in a short time to get into the rooms of the boys. they'd to go at the very least ten metres after which cross upstairs after which movement into the bedrooms. We stumbled on hand grenades and weapons less than their pillows.

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