, 46, spent a decade flooding Britain with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crack, a highly addictive form of cocaine, the court heard.
Detectives told the court that they could only guess at how much money he
They are still scouring the globe to track down his
extensive property holdings.
At the height of his
activities, 20 beautiful young Jamaican women smugglers carried 500,000 worth of cocaine into Britain every week, reported The Times.He
would reward them with nights in top hotels and shopping trips.
paid them in drugs to keep them hooked.
drugs empire, one of the biggest ever uncovered in Britain, from a modest bungalow in north west London.
From safe houses his
lieutenants moved shipments of crack cocaine across Britain on buses and trains.
But from inside the house, Clarke
empire like a well-ordered international business that stretched from the Americas through the Caribbean to every major city in Britain.
It was thought to have a higher turnover than some Third World countries and had links to a number of South America's most notorious drug rings.
Despite the modesty of his
empire's headquarters, Clarke
could not resist flaunting his
had a fleet of fast cars and a love of gold jewellery.
A police search uncovered a cache of jewellery that included a diamond and gold crucifix worth more than 20,000.Clarke was the head of the Link-Up Crew.
It took its name from the parties he
would stage in Jamaica where fellow drug barons would brush shoulders with musicians.
Police believe that he
made more than 3 million every night he
hosted these parties at the 7,000 capacity La Russe nightclub.
In Jamaica he
would drive around in a Jaguar with the personal number plate 007 and was one of the island's most successful music promoters.His
arrest in June last year was the culmination of an intense police inquirey that lasted several years, spanned continents and led to more than 30 arrests worldwide.