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Wednesday, 16 October 2013
"Curtis Warren Must Win 'Confiscation Hearing' To Be Released In January" PMSL
"Mission Impossible - As The Outcome Will Have Already Been Decided"
Curtis Warren faces another 10 YEARS behind bars over £118m court battle
Gangster's allies say he is penniless
Liverpool drugs baron Curtis Warren faces another TEN years behind bars – as authorities bid to claw back his alleged ill-gotten millions.
The 50-year-old faces a trial next week in Jersey where he was jailed in 2007 over a £1m cannabis smuggling plot.
Channel Island law enforcers say Warren has benefited to the tune of £118m from a global empire of drug trafficking that once saw him named as Interpol’s most wanted.
Sources close to the Toxteth-born gangster claim he is already penniless – describing as “myth” that his wealth is tied-up in vineyards, ski resorts, hotels and petrol stations across Europe.
If a judge decides the evidence supports the prosecution figure, Warren faces 10 years in default if he refuses or is unable to pay up the cash.
That would end his plans to take “early retirement” in Liverpool upon his release on licence from prison, which could be as soon as January.
Sources close to the former bouncer told the Echo: “In order to be released in January he has to win this confiscation hearing.
“He has not admitted to having any money at all. The authorities will have to show he has made a lot of money from drugs and which money still exists.
“If they find that there is any significant amount of money, then the sentence in default is 10 years.
“And they don’t have to find £118m hidden away – in fact it’s far less.
“The myth is that Warren has got multi-millions squirrelled away all over the world. The reality is that all they can point to is his previous offending.
“Warren doesn’t see how they can say there is this £118m fortune – he has been in prison for pretty well 17 years.”
The figure of £118m is said to be a “benefit” amount, the sum which has allegedly gone through Warren’s hands.
Financial experts in Jersey have forensically examined the scheme to smuggle 500kgs of cocaine from Venezuela, an accusation which Warren’s barristers famously picked apart in a Newcastle court in 1993.
Prosecutors will also argue that criminal cash from Warren’s £100m Dutch drugs shipment, a plot for which he was jailed for 12 years in The Hague in 1997, should be paid out.
Widespread claims that Warren made as much as £300m from international drug running have never been proven.
The drug baron’s barristers will point to an investigation by the Dutch authorities into his alleged fortune that found evidence of £6m crime profits that he still remains liable to repay.
The Dutch have already claimed four houses on Merseyside, an expensive watch and small amounts of cash in various bank accounts around Liverpool in Warren’s name in a bid to claw back the £6m.
The trial is scheduled to start on Monday at Jersey's Royal Court.