By Graham Johnson
When ruthless drug baron John Haase was once sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment for heroin-trafficking in 1995, it used to be a tremendous victory for Customs and the police. yet in a surprise circulation, after Haase and his associate Paul Bennett had served basically eleven months, then domestic Secretary Michael Howard signed a Royal Pardon for his or her unencumber. Howard defended his selection by way of revealing that Haase and Bennett had turn into necessary informants. yet Haase had in reality duped the specialists, and much from being pressured into hiding as a supergrass, he won new kudos one of the legal underworld for beating the approach so audaciously. Graham Johnson interviewed Haase at Whitemoor felony and has bought a duplicate of his sworn affidavit revealing the reality in the back of the Royal Pardon scandal. Allegations of massive bribes, mass fabrication of proof and darkish powers on the center of the justice procedure make this an explosive exposé of Britain's number-one drug kingpin.
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Haase remained at Liverpool’s Walton jail but Vaughan was transferred to Gartree prison in Leicester. Furious Haase waged a war of violence against the prison system, beating up guards and sparking a string of mini-riots in an attempt to get back at the authorities he blamed for stitching him up. He spent four years in solitary confinement as punishment, becoming increasingly embittered and cut off. He caused fights with other prisoners and took on the daddies and godfathers of the system without care.
Then they intercept it before it goes to the main sorting office. Or you can post it to someone’s address and they sign for it. Customs don’t go into the post office, only if they get a tip-off. And the Customs in the other countries en route don’t mess with it either. Royal Mail regulate everything – even overseas. Because a parcel is on a transit route, just passing through a foreign place to its destination in England, they don’t open them up in other countries. The back doors of the mail trucks are sealed, preventing Customs from getting into them.
I taught Haase how to wash money. I taught him the value of using straight businesses as a cover for criminal activities. He later went on to use these tricks to great effect when he became a drug dealer. I was a villain but I also had a legitimate waste-disposal company on the side. John Haase invested £170, just a token gesture, so he could say to the police that the money he was robbing was straight. In between robbing post offices, he’d turn up for work, as though to prove he was a regular blue-collar guy.