It’s the moment notorious crime boss Curtis Warren was arrested seven months after he was released from jail in a dawn raid after violating the terms of his serious crime prevention order.
The gangster, from Liverpool, was arrested around 6am this morning when National Crime Agency (NCA) officers found him at a residence in Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside.
Footage shows officers pounding on the door to the property before apprehending Warren in what appears to be a bedroom.
An officer can be heard briefing Warren, 60, on the reasons for his arrest before he is taken away and placed in a car.
He is currently being detained and questioned over alleged breaches of his order, which came into effect when he was released from prison in November after serving 14 years.
Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren (pictured in February 2020) was arrested seven months after being released from jail for violating his serious crime prevention order
The violations refer to the unauthorized use of cellphones, vehicles, bank accounts and travel, according to an NCA statement.
Agency officers carried out searches at Boldon and another address in the Royal Albert Dock area of Liverpool.
Mobile devices, documents and a quantity of cash were seized, and they are currently being examined by investigators, he confirmed.
On Warren’s arrest, Alison Abbott of the NCA’s Offender Lifetime Management Team said: ‘These court orders are essential tools in preventing and deterring future offences.’
“Once criminals get on our radar, they never leave, and the NCA will take action if there’s a breach.”
The gangster’s former lawyer, Anthony Barraclough, told the Mirror: “I can confirm that he was arrested at 6am this morning. Any infraction will be a minor transgression.
“These will be very beautiful interpretations of the restrictions that I anticipate. I imagine he was in Tyneside visiting friends.
“He is allowed to travel and have mobile phones, bank accounts and up to £1,000 in cash. He can travel abroad on seven days’ notice. If he has to be away from home, he needs permission and he got it.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet as he is in custody.”
The charge of breaching a serious crime prevention order is a criminal offense and can carry a maximum sentence of five years and an unlimited fine.
Warren was released from prison in November, having served the majority of the past 25 years inside.
In 1996, after listening to Warren’s phone calls, Dutch police intercepted 400 kg of cocaine which had been packaged in lead and delivered to Bulgaria.
At other addresses checked by the Liverpudlian, they found 1,500 kg of cannabis resin, 60 kg of heroin and 50 kg of ecstasy.
There were also 960 canisters of “pepper spray” gas, three guns, ammunition and £400,000 in Dutch guilders.
The entire shipment of illicit goods was worth £125million.
Warren was sentenced to 12 years in prison and then an additional four years after being found guilty of murdering another prisoner following a fight in the exercise yard in 1999.
After serving two-thirds of his sentence – ten years and eight months in total – Warren was released in the summer of 2007.
Two years later, Warren was convicted of the crime which would keep him behind bars until November last year.
Curtis Warren arriving for a hearing at the Royal Court in Jersey in October 2009
The drug lord was previously believed to be worth £200million.
Warren was born in Liverpool in 1963. He was the second son of Curtis Aloysius Warren, a sailor in the Norwegian Merchant Navy.
His mother Sylvia Chantre was the daughter of a shipyard boiler attendant.
The gangster was 12 when he dropped out of school and started his criminal career.
His first contact with the police came when he was caught driving a stolen car, when he was barely old enough to see over the wheel.