Drugs baron, 73, dubbed ‘the milkman’ who smuggled £1billion of cocaine from Colombia into Britain is freed from jail early after serving half 30-year term despite threats he would die in prison
- Brian Wright was reportedly released from Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire
- The Irish-born drugs baron served just half of his 30-year term prison sentence
- Millionaire dubbed ‘the Milkman’ by criminal pals because he always delivered
A drugs baron who smuggled £1billion of cocaine from Colombia into Britain has reportedly been freed from jail after serving just half his 30-year term.
Brian Wright, 73, was released from top-security Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire, on Tuesday, despite previously being warned he would die inside, The Sun reported.
Labelled the ‘Milkman’ by criminal pals because he always delivered, the Irishman was the boss of one of Britain’s biggest cocaine smuggling rings.
A source told the publication that the decision to release Wright was ‘highly unusual’ since he had not been transferred to an open prison first.
Brian Wright (pictured previously) has reportedly been freed from jail after serving just half his 30-year term
At the time of his sentencing in 2007, Wright’s barrister confessed in court: ‘He knows that he will probably die in jail.’
Wright, who is said to be living in a bail hostel now, was forced to pay up to £2.3million in ill-gotten gains before his release – but the crime godfather is worth an estimated £600million.
His release sparks fears he may now try to reestablish his criminal empire on the outside, according to the publication.
A source said: ‘When Wright was put away, everyone thought that would be it, including him. But it seems that the dice have rolled in his favour yet again.’
Wright was born in Ireland, one of nine children, and moved to England when he was 12, growing up in Kilburn, north London.
Wright, 73, was released from top-security Whitemoor Prison (pictuerd above) in Cambridgeshire, on Tuesday
He built his criminal empire in the 1990s, dealing directly with Colombian cartels, before being arrested with MI6’s help in 2005.
Wright became one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives after going on the run in 1999 when 15 members of his gang including his son were arrested for smuggling cocaine into Britain on board yachts.
In 2005 an International Arrest Warrant was executed when Wright emerged near Malaga.
He was found living, according to Customs sources, as if he ‘did not exist’. He had no bank account or car and was not living at his own address. His passport was never found.
Wright’s appearance was unchanged and he had not adopted a false identity, but money was in place for his daily needs, Customs said.
Even after he was arrested, his love of gambling did not desert him: he attempted another cheeky wager, boasting that he would never be brought to trial and offering to bet £1 million against an officer’s £1 that that would be the case.
But he was found guilty and sentenced in 2007, after two years on remand.
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