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Feared Liverpool drug lord, Curtis Warren was arrested today – just months after his release from prison.
The gangster, who once had an estimated fortune of £300million was arrested for breaching the terms of a Serious Crime Prevention Order, his lawyer has confirmed.
Without naming Warren, the National Crime Agency said the breaches “relate to the unauthorised use of mobile phones, vehicles, bank accounts and travel”. An NCA spokesperson has since confirmed last night that "a 60yr old from Liverpool was bailed pending further enquiries".
NCA officers also carried out searches at a location in Boldon and another address in the Royal Albert Dock area of Liverpool during early morning raids this morning.
A spokesperson said that mobile devices, documents and a quantity of cash were seized, and they are now being examined by investigators.
The operation was supported by Merseyside Police and the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit.
Warren’s former barrister Anthony Barraclough confirmed to the Mirror that Warren was the man who had been arrested, even though he was not named by the NCA.
Barraclough, who is retained by Warren’s firm of solicitors to provide advice and has represented Warren in previous trials in other countries, said: “I can confirm that he was arrested at 6am this morning. Any breaches will be minor transgressions.
“These will be very fine interpretations of restrictions I anticipate. I imagine he was in Tyneside to visit friends.
“He is allowed to travel and have mobile phones, bank accounts and up to £1,000 in cash. He can travel abroad if he gives seven days notice. If he is going to be away from home he needs permission and he has had permission.
“I have not spoken to him yet as he is in custody.”
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Alison Abbott, from the NCA’s Lifetime Management of Offenders Team, said: “These court orders are vital tools for preventing and deterring future offending. Once criminals come onto our radar, they never leave, and the NCA will take action over breaches.”
Breach of a serious crime prevention order is a criminal offence subject to a maximum sentence of five years, an unlimited fine, or both.
Warren was released in November after spending most of the last 25 years inside.
Officers have since kept a close eye on the man nicknamed the "Cocky Watchman", who has experienced just three weeks of freedom since 1997.
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