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18,235.  The is Liverpool gangsta Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren.  He is the first and only drug trafficker to appear on the list of Britain’s richest people.  Some estimate his fortune as high as three hundred million pounds.  And Warren isn’t the only Liverpool villain to have made millions from crime.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  Britain’s Underworld: Liverpool

 

18,236.  Showers was establishing himself as an armed robber.  But he would go down in criminal history for a different reason ... By 1970 Showers was an armed robber with a growing sideline in Cannabis dealing.  He was also an increasingly big figure in Toxteth and prepared to use violence to maintain his reputation ... By going to Africa and importing Cannabis direct he dramatically increased the supply of drugs.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Cannabis & Liverpool)  ibid.  

 

18,237.  Dock theft had a long history in Liverpool.  In many ways it was the City’s signature crime.  And it was a world away from cutting-edge bank jobs.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,238.  Charlie Siega needed little encouragement.  He began robbing the country houses of north Wales of their antiques.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Burglary & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,239.  On 3rd July 1981 the Toxteth district erupted into an orgy of violence.  It was the worst public disorder Britain had witnessed that century.  And young robber Stephen French was at the heart of it.  For three days the authorities lost all control over Toxteth.  Estimates suggest up to 1,000 police officers were injured.  And as many as 140 buildings destroyed.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Riots & Liverpool)  ibid.  

 

18,240.  Yet the hard drugs revolution on Merseyside would not come from Toxteth but the other side of the Mersey.  And it caught everyone by surprise ... Career villain Charlie Siega watched many of his peers dive headlong in the gold-rush.  One man who seized the opportunity was Tommy Comerford.  The so-called mastermind of the Water Street Bank Robbery.  Comerford starting importing a whole range of drugs from heroin to LSD, and became the first British criminal to forge links with most of the world’s drugs regions.  It made him a fortune, but Comerford still lived in a council flat.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.  

 

18,241.  In the wake of the Toxteth riots Michael Showers turned himself into a community spokesman, meeting politicians and appearing on TV debates ... Showers was still importing drugs.  In 1990 he was sentenced to 22 years for masterminding a £2 million heroin import.  At the time Customs called Showers, ‘The most significant UK national arrested in the fight against heroin.’  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Heroin & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,242.  Curtis Warren: Warren’s rise is one of the most remarkable in British criminal history.  He first made the news aged 16 when he mugged a 78-year-old woman on the steps of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.  8 years later he was arrested in Switzerland trying to rob a shoe shop.  By the early ’90s he had progressed to mid-level drug dealing.  Mysteriously though Warren made a huge leap forwards.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.  

 

 

18,243.  The Liverpool Mafia were white middle-aged criminals who worked on the docks.  They were experts at smuggling contraband.  They made a lot of money from armed robbery.  And they were able to invest that in drugs shipments.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  Graham Johnson, author Powder Wars & the Devil

 

 

18,244.  A ton is nothing.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  Michael Showers

 

 

18,245.  What you see today, it’s a war zone compared with what it was.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  Michael Showers

 

 

18,246.  Blowing a safe is easy.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Robbery & Liverpool)  Charlie Seiga

 

 

18,247.  I started to rob drug dealers.  It’s called Taxation.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  Stephen French

 

 

18,248.  We all felt we were behind their game because we didn’t have the availabilities to do surveillance, to gain evidence, and the forensic issues.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  Albert Kirby, retired detective

 

 

18,249.  The lie was if you chase the dragon, which was smoking the heroin, the fumes and the silver foil, you can’t get addicted.  And these people fell from it.  And within months we had an epidemic.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Heroin & Liverpool)  Mike Malloy, former Liverpool police detective

 

 

18,250.  In December 2008 in Liverpool an eighteen year old youth Sean Mercer was sentenced to twenty two-years for the murder of Rhys Jones.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Murder: Jones)  Ross Kemp on Gangs: Liverpool

 

18,251.  In the north of the city lie the neighbouring suburbs of Norris Green and Croxteth – they’re united by a postcode Liverpool 11.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,252.  A bitter local gang war between his Strand Crew and the Crocky Crew.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,253.  Nogzy Crew v Crocky Crew.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,254.  Matrix: A Force To Be Reckoned With: Targeting gun and drug crime.  Between May 2007 and May 2008 there were a reported forty-eight shootings on Merseyside.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,255.  As far back as the late nineteenth century the tough streets around the docks were home to legendary gangs like the Cornermen.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,256.  Merseyside was left with a legacy of drugs and violence.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,257.  Stephen French became a master tax collector.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

 

18,258.  Gangs innit.  Two fucking gangs.  They both argue, know what I mean.  It’s like that everywhere in the world, be honest.  There’s two gangs always fighting.  There won’t be an end unless everyone fucking dies.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  Liverpool gangsta

 

 

18,259.  The most infamous was Curtis Warren, known as Cocky, a leading figure in the Liverpool Mafia, and an international drug smuggling ring.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool & Smuggling)  Gangs of Britain II: Liverpool, CI 2013

 

18,260.  The Cornermen plagued this city over a hundred years ago.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,261.  The massive influx of hard drugs into Britain – heroin and cocaine.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,262.  Curtis Warren’s masterstroke was to cut out the middlemen and deal directly with the suppliers.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,263.  180 kilos of pure heroin ... at the time this was the largest shipment ever captured in Britain.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Heroin & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,264.  Curtis Warren – he was Interpol’s target number one.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,265.  [Dutch] police confiscated 400 kilograms of cocaine, 60 kilos of heroin, 1,500 kilos of cannabis and 50 kilos of ecstasy.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

18,266.  In 2009 Curtis Warren was jailed once more.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

 

122,723.  Meet the Fitzgibbons: Christine and her two boys Ian and Jason.  Their mission to become top dogs of Liverpool turned into a battle for supremacy.  Their violent reputation helped them build their empire.  This is the story of their rise to become narco kingpins of the Liverpool underworld.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  The Real Narcos UK: Blood & Fear s1e4, Liverpool’s Most Feared Family, Channel 5 2018  

 

122,724.  Large parts of the city are a wasteland of deprivation and violence … A heroin epidemic is taking hold.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.

 

122,725.  Brothers Ian and Jason Fitzgibbon quickly move from dealing cannabis to more lucrative Class-A drugs.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.      

 

122,726.  One big threat to the Fitzgibbons’ emerging empire is this man – Curtis Warren.  (Gangs UK: Liverpool & Drugs & Liverpool)  ibid.  

 

 

108,051.  Get out there and get the lads together.  All of them.  (GBH Films & Gangs UK: Liverpool)  Going Off Big Time 2000 starring Neil Fitzmaurice & Dominic Carter & Nicholas Lamont & Nicholas Moss & Vinnie Adams & Sarah Alexander & Bernard Hill & Peter Kay & Huggy Leaver & Del Henney et al, director Jim Doyle, opening scene

 

108,052.  They are refusing to rule out gang warfare.  (GBH Films & Gangs UK: Liverpool)  ibid.  television news  

 

108,053.  He was more Stringfellow than Good-fellow.  (GBH Films & Gangs UK: Liverpool)  ibid.  main man

 

108,054.  Not much of a crew.  The only one I had.  (GBH Films & Gangs UK: Liverpool)  ibid.

 

 

19,493.  [jaunty music] Liverpool.  A world city at the heart of the new county of Merseyside.  It’s a city full of contrasts.  A kaleidoscope of contradictions …  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Import)  Liverpool Narcos I: Heroin ***** Sky Documentaries 2021, public information film

 

54,758.  We don’t class ourselves as being English: we’re the People’s Republic of Liverpool [laughs].   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Import)  ibid.  old lady in greenhouse

 

54,788.  We have a degree of accepted lawlessness here.  It’s like Cowboys and Indians.  They don’t follow the rules ‘’cause they’re outlaws … the epicentre of drugs … Welcome to Liverpool.   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Import)  ibid.  comments

 

54,795.  What was it about Liverpool that made it such a big player in thee drug trade?  The docks?   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Import)  ibid.  Michael Showers, the boss  

 

54,798.  £30 a pound … The hard part was getting it off [ship].  Customs were very very alert in Liverpool.  Our firm had people who had relatives in senior positions.  And that was it.  It was just a matter of choosing the right time for them to take it off.  Then pass it over to our sales division.  And our sales division did their work.  And then when I came home, just counted the money.   (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Import)  ibid.      

 

54,807.  Pleading guilty at 15 to something I hadn’t done was my greatest regret.  My greatest regret.  Because that started it all.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Import)  ibid.      

 

54,814.  In the 80s a number of things conspired to bring brown smoke-able heroin to Liverpool … 47% of black workers unemployed, 43% of white workers [news clip] … No opportunities whatsoever … Young people wern’t of any value to society, or so they felt.  And then of course we had the Toxteth riots in ’81 … A visitor from the US came I n the 80s and said, This is like Beirut.  This is like bombed-out shell, a husk of a city and a number of other things …  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Unemployment & Addiction & Great Britain & Riots & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Import)  ibid.  comments

 

54,815.  The game-changer was a cheap, high-grade smoking heroin became available.  It was from Pakistan.  And I’ve got Pakistani family.  So I immediately kind of seized the opportunity to capitalize on that.  Yeah.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Pakistan & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Import)  ibid.    

 

54,818.  Samples: if you went to source in Pershawa, you can buy a kilo over there for £2,500, 3K.  Yeah, and that would be 80-90%.  (Liverpool & Heroin & Drugs & Gangs UK: Liverpool & Smuggling & Docks & Pakistan & Addiction & Great Britain & Miscarriages of Justice & Gangs: UK & Smoking & Import)  ibid.  

 

 

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