‘UK’s Pablo Escobar’ finally freed from prison and ‘already back in Liverpool’

A bloke dubbed the UK's version of infamous drugs baron Pablo Escobar has been released from prison and sources close to the convict say he could be heading back to Liverpool.

Curtis “Cocky” Warren, who is banned from using WhatsApp or having much cash, was a “major player” in the Merseyside drug scene and once held an estimated fortune of £300million.

However, his empire and vast fortune came to an end after he was arrested by undercover police in 2007 just days after his release for another offence.

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Warren, who has been released once again from the high-security Whitemoor prison in Cambridgeshire, has only experienced just three weeks out of prison since 1997 due to his criminal antics.

His criminal history saw him receive a 13-year term in 2009 over a plot to smuggle £1million of cannabis into Jersey.

Warren was later handed another 10 years, which he served half, for failing to pay one of Europe’s biggest ever confiscation orders of £198million.

And he has now been released once again, after serving 14 years.

The Sun reports that sources close to Warren say he is planning "on coming back to Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, 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.”

But returning to life as a free man will be difficult for “Cocky”, as he is banned from using WhatsApp and Facebook messenger – although no details have been revealed on whether or not he can use a myriad of other messaging apps, such as Signal or Telegram.

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As well as the ban on two messaging apps, he is also barred from having any cryptocurrency, and has to give police seven days notice if he wants to go to Scotland and 24 hours notice if he wants to take a trip in a friend's car.

Cocky is also banned from having more than £1,000 in hard cash in his possession, while his bank accounts are being constantly monitored by officials.

If he breaks the rules, he will be locked up once again for another five years.

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.”

A National Crime Agency spokesman said: “Action against serious and organised criminals doesn’t end with a conviction.”

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