Gangster Stephen French stole o20 million from Britain s biggest drug traffickers during his reign as the underworld s top narcotics taxman . From Sicily to Istanbul, French was feared by those who claim to fear no one as he taxed those above the law. The former world champion kick boxer didn t care how ruthless or powerful his underworld victims were and, using unspeakable acts of evil, he kidnapped and tortured some of the world s richest and most brutal crime lords until they paid up. And without fail they did. rench amassed his fortune the cornerstone of his legitimate business empire today using three ruthless business methods. First, he was the most prolific drugs taxman the underworld has ever known. Second, he was the debt-collector for the UK s biggest and richest ever criminal, Curtis Warren. Third, he led a tie-up gang- specialist armed robbers who stole drugs and money from dealers in secret raids using military tactics. axing is a secret world, a new phenomenon that grew out of the 90s drugs explosion. It is a modern-day protection racket in which the victims are offered false sanctuary from the other villains who want to rob them. n The Devil, top invest
Graham Johnson is the author of the bestselling Powder Wars, Football and Gangsters and Druglord. He is a former investigations editor at the Sunday Mirror and during ten years on Fleet Street covered subjects including child slavery, people smuggling, drugs and the Balkan wars.