Sussex Police officer ordered to pay back £85k profits from laundering drugs cash

Posted On 07 Dec 2010 at 3:44 pm

A former Sussex Police officer and his boyfriend have been ordered to pay more than £100,000 under a confiscation order.

Darren Graysmark, 44, a former special branch officer, and Darren Simpson, 43, a former manager at Brighton and Hove City Council, must pay the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

They were jailed earlier this year – Simpson for drug dealing and Graysmark for laundering the money that Simpson made from drugs.

Graysmark was served with a £85,671.55 confiscation order tody while Simpson must pay £21,920.11.

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The pair, who lived in Peacehaven, were given 28 days to pay by Maidstone Crown Court.

If they didn’t, they were faced with having to serve extra time in prison – 21 months in Graysmark’s case and 12 months in Simpson’s.

Graysmark is already serving 16 months and Simpson six years and three months.

Graysmark was arrested by detectives from the Sussex Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit in April last year as part of an inquiry into drugs trafficking.

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He had 23 years service with Sussex Police, and was a PC at the force’s Newhaven Ports Unit at the time of his arrest.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Paice said: “Darren Graysmark let himself, his colleagues and the public down, in knowingly benefiting from organised crime.

“This confiscation order sends a clear message that not only will we pursue offenders regardless of occupation, but that we will also seek to strip them of their criminal profits.”

Graysmark was caught after police stopped his car, which was being driven north up the A23 by Simpson.

When officers stopped the car at Handcross in April last year they found three blocks of cocaine weighing 3kg with an estimated potential street value of £148,000.

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