Notorious British drugs baron Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, 59 – who once headed gang worth £200m – is set free from maximum security prison after 14 years but BANNED from using WhatsApp
- Former drugs kingpin Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, 59, has been released from prison
- The former Merseyside crime boss served 14 years at HMP Whitemoor, Cambs
- Once thought to be worth £200million, he was caught in a cannabis plot in 2009
- He is said to be planning to return to his former stomping ground in Liverpool
A drugs lord who was once described as Britain’s own version of Pablo Escobar has been freed from a maximum security prison after 14 years.
Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, 59, was today escorted from Whitemoor Jail in Cambridgeshire and is said to be returning to the Merseyside region where he once ran his empire.
The former crime boss’s gang was previously tipped to be worth £200million and he will face some of the most stringent bail conditions possible, The Sun reports.
Warren is prohibited from using social media apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook and must give officers 24 hours’ notice before stepping into any friend’s car.
He is also banned from possessing more than £1,000 in cash and his finances will be scrutinised by the National Crime Agency (NCA) for five years.
Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, 59, was today set free from Whitemoor Jail in Cambridgeshire
Warren has previously been compared to infamous Colombian drug lord and cartel leader Pablo Escobar (pictured) who was killed in a shootout with authorities at a hideaway in Medellin, Colombia in 1993
Curtis Warren arriving with a police escort to a hearing at the Royal Court in Jersey in October, 2009
Warren was caught in a drugs smuggling plot involving £1million worth of cannabis (pictured)
A source close to Warren said: ‘Cocky always planned on coming back to Liverpool.’
His barrister Anthony Barraclough said: ‘The first thing he wanted to do was to see his mother. He just wants peace and quiet. He is allowed to have a decent, ordinary life.’
Warren was imprisoned for 13 years in 2009 over a cannabis smuggling plot worth £1million.
He later had time added to his sentence after failing to comply with a £198million Proceeds of Crime order.
Warren banned from using cryptocurrency and has to give seven days’ notice if he wishes to travel to Scotland, or else face another five years in jail.
Failure to adhere to the bail conditions could land him another five years in prison.
The NCA said: ‘Action against serious and organised criminals doesn’t end with a conviction.’