Op Lion - Money Launderer Sentenced

Today [Monday 5 July], the Royal Court sentenced 49 year old Darius James Andrew Pearce to seven and a half years in prison after he was found guilty in December 2020 of three counts of money laundering (Article 33 of Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law).

Pearce was originally arrested in 2019 for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking for an organised crime syndicate, who were later charged and sentenced in 2020 for drug trafficking and money laundering as part of Operation Lion, a joint investigation carried out by States of Jersey Police officers and Jersey Customs officers.

In October 2020, Pearce was arrested again after further evidence surfaced and he was then charged with three counts of money laundering. He went to trial in December after initially pleading not guilty. He used his business to receive cash to purchase gold with, which was then used to fund the importation of drugs into the island.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Jackson said: “This was a large complex investigation which involved a number of suspects and significant analysis. Pearce changed his story several times along the way but the evidence was strong and his sentence now adds to the 74 years custody that the Royal Court sanctioned in 2020 to the other seven offenders investigated as part of Operation Lion.”


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