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The Rise and Fall of Curtis Warren, Britain’s Biggest Drugs Baron.

Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the methods of the street-corner drug pusher and elevated them to an art form. He forged direct links with the cocaine cartels of Colombia, the heroin godfathers of Turkey, the cannabis cultivators of Morocco and the Ecstasy manufacturers of Holland and Eastern Europe. His drugs went around the world, from the clubs of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden beaches of Sydney.

His underlings called him the Cocky Watchman. His pursuers called him Target One.

This best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric rise from Toxteth mugger to ‘the richest and most successful British criminal who has ever been caught.’ It relates how the Liverpool mafia became the UK’s foremost drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang warfare and how he corrupted top-level police officers; unveils the inside story of the biggest UK law enforcement operation ever undertaken; and reveals the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that brought his global empire crashing down.

Thoroughly revised and updated, Cocky is a shocking insight into organised crime and an important investigation into the workings of the international drugs trade.


‘Next to Warren, The Krays were pathetic minnows.’

‘Welcome to the world of Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren, Britain’s most prolific and successful drug smuggler, and a man whose duel with Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise has entered British legal legend.’ MAXIM

‘The story of the biggest drug dealer of the last decade.’ MIXMAG

About the authors:

Tony Barnes is a journalist and broadcaster who has reported for national newspapers, ITV’s News At Ten and Channel 5 News.

Richard Elias, a journalist for Scotland on Sunday, was the 2006 Scottish Reporter of the Year. He is the former chief crime correspondent for the Daily Record and the Daily Post.

Peter Walsh is a former investigative journalist for the BBC and author or co-author of seven books including ‘Gang War’ and ‘King of the Gypsies.’

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