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Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren: ‘If the keepers of the keys aren’t right, nothing is’

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He is Britain's most notorious drug dealer and once headed Interpol's target list. In his first ever interview, he tells Helen Pidd at his prison in Jersey that he is 'anti-drugs', hasn't squirrelled away £198m – and is the victim of a miscarriage of justice

There is only one prison on Jersey. La Moye is tucked away down an unmarked country lane and has to cater for everyone caught on the 14km-wide island: drink-drivers, money-launderers, paedophiles, women and children. And, for the time being at least, probably the most notorious drug dealer Britain has ever produced.

Curtis "Cocky" Warren is a category A prisoner, defined as someone "whose escape would be highly dangerous to the public, or the police or the security of the state, and for whom the aim must be to make escape impossible". Normal visiting rules don't apply. He receives guests in a room looking out on a bleak internal courtyard, separate from other prisoners and their visitors. The chairs are fixed to the floor; so is the low table. Cameras and microphones monitor every move, every word.

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