Curtis Warren loses appeal over £198m order

Curtis Warren Image copyright States of Jersey Police
Image caption Warren was jailed in 2009 for importing cannabis into Jersey

Convicted drug dealer Curtis Warren has lost his appeal against a £198m confiscation order.

In November, the 50-year-old from Liverpool was told to pay the money or face a further 10 years in jail.

Warren, who is believed to have a £300m fortune, was jailed for 13 years in 2009 for plotting to import cannabis into Jersey.

The Jersey Court of Appeal has ruled he must pay the £198m or serve the extra jail time.

Car bugged

In 2009 Warren and five others were convicted of plotting to smuggle cannabis with a street value of £1m into the Channel Island.

He received a 13 year sentence, with the others receiving sentences ranging from five to 12 years.

Warren's previous appeals had centred around Jersey Police's use of evidence gained by bugging a car.

The vehicle, used by an accomplice of Warren, was driven through France, Belgium and Holland while he worked on a drugs deal.

Warren's lawyer, Advocate Stephen Baker, also told the court he did not have the necessary assets to be able to pay the £198m.

But Judge Michael Beloff QC said the evidence used was "entirely reasonable" and he was satisfied Warren could pay the money.

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