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A drug trafficking kingpin of a £200m empire is being readied for his release from prison.

'Cocky' Curtis Warren has spent the last 14 years behind bars where he was caught last year romping a female prison guard.

Warren, who at one point had an estimated fortune of £300m, was jailed for 13 years in 2009 over a plot to smuggle £1m of cannabis into Jersey, the Mirror reports.

The 58-year-old's release will come with strict measures such as being banned from owning of anything worth more than £1,000, limits on foreign travel as well as his access to phones, vehicles and the internet.

Alison Abbott, at the National Crime Agency, said: “Many career criminals regard prison as an interruption which rarely marks the end of their involvement in organised crime.

“Through our Lifetime Management programme we use [restrictions] as an extra layer of prevention.

“They ensure we firmly have these individuals on our radar, especially after prison, and anything that suggests that they’re slipping into old ways can be detected early on.”

Sources said Warren is due to be automatically released next year. He will not have to go before the Parole Board because he is not serving a life sentence.

Prior to his arrest, he was pictured with his alleged partner in crime and childhood pal, John Welsh, who was also then jailed but has since been released.

Warren was given a further 10 years, of which he must serve half, after failing to pay a £198m confiscation order.

Warren was held after ­undercover police arrested him in 2007, days after he had been released from prison for a previous offence.

He has spent almost all of the past 25 years in jail.

Warren is on a list published by the NCA this year of individuals involved in organised crime who have been issued with serious crime prevention orders.

In his case they include restrictions for five years after his release on his ability to use cars and property, borrow money, make transfers, hold trusts or shares and use foreign or virtual currency.

If he breaks the conditions Warren can be sent back to prison.

He is understood to be in HMP Long Lartin, a category A jail in Worcestershire, and is expected to be moved to a lower category prison in the months before his release date next November.

Through the 1980s and 1990s ‘Cocky’ Warren, as he became known, graduated from running nightclub doors to armed robbery and then international drug trafficking.

In 1993, following the collapse of a drugs trial at Newcastle crown court, he was reported to have approached customs officers to tell them: “I’m off to spend my £87m from the first shipment and you can’t f****** touch me.”

Warren was convicted of trying to mastermind a £125m drugs shipment from the Netherlands into the UK and sentenced to 12 years in 1996.

In the Nieuw Vosseveld maximum security jail, Turkish prisoner Cemal Guclu attacked Warren.

He kicked his attacker, a convicted killer, in the head, killing him.

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Warren claimed to have acted in self-defence but got a further four years’ jail.

He was released in the summer of 2007 and sent back to Liverpool. Within weeks he flew to Jersey, where he was jailed again.

As Sir Richard Tucker handed him a 13-year sentence, Warren closed the book he had been reading for much of the proceedings and walked out with prison guards behind him.

In 2013, prosecutors claimed Warren was in control of a £198m drugs empire.

Last year prison officer Stephanie Smithwhite was jailed for two years after admitting misconduct in a public office over a sexual relationship with Warren at Frankland jail in County Durham.

  • Crime
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