A new face: Cur­tis War­ren

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A FOR­MER bag snatcher turned armed rob­ber called Cur­tis War­ren be­came friendly with “The Banker” – an emerg­ing boss in the Car­tel – who was set to take over from the likes of Fred The Rat.

The Banker took to War­ren im­me­di­ately. War­ren had come with some good ref­er­ences.

War­ren told the Banker that Paul Bur­ley had ad­vised him to make contact. Fred The Rat had opened his up his con­tacts book to the Banker.

The Banker now had power to buy co­caine di­rect from the Colom­bians and heroin di­rect from the Turks.

In time, he would pass some of these num­bers to Cur­tis War­ren.

Cur­tis would be work­ing for him and Fred The Rat.

Mean­while, Fred the Rat was still the king of the Car­tel. The un­der­world es­ti­mated that of all the drugs in the UK, Fred had brought in 60 per cent.

Yet de­spite his wealth and power, the old school gang­sters weren’t afraid to beat him up.

He had ripped off so many peo­ple that he be­came ac­cus­tomed to be­ing as­saulted at al­most ev­ery party.

Paul Burly said: “Make your own mind up as to why he was never killed, as he opened the big­gest chain of night­clubs in Liver­pool and sh*t on peo­ple from that great height… Lord knows, I came near to do­ing it my­self once or twice.

“Lots and lots of peo­ple have hit him but left him pros­trate on the floor rather than tak­ing him away and bury­ing him.

“He’s had the luck of the Ir­ish be­cause he loves to f**k his friends and be­lit­tle them.

“But as for deal­ings in the drug world, he was very suc­cess­ful.

“Maybe that was his sav­ing grace. Those who re­lied on his im­ports didn’t mind him be­ing hurt, but they didn’t want him killed.

“Who knows why that is.”

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