A new face: Curtis Warren
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.”