Sussex

Sussex detective admits laundering £80,000

A Sussex Police detective has admitted laundering more than £80,000 over a five-year period.

Det Con Darren Graysmark, 44, of Peacehaven, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to six charges at Maidstone Crown Court.

The court was told that Graysmark, who spent 23 years as a policeman, was in a relationship with someone who was dealing drugs.

He is due to be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court at a later date.

'Comfortable lifestyle'

Officers started an investigation into Graysmark's activities after his partner, Darren Simpson, 42, also of Peacehaven, was found with 3kg (6.6lb) of cocaine, valued at an estimated £148,000, in his car.

Detectives seized £12,000 in cash and financial documents during a search of the home they shared together.

Sussex Police said Graysmark, who was suspended from duty following his arrest in April 2009, resigned from the police force on Monday.

Giles York, Sussex Police Deputy Chief Constable, said: "Darren Graysmark let himself, his colleagues and the public down, in knowingly benefiting from organised crime. He took money which was the proceeds of crime and used to it support his own lifestyle.

"As soon as our detectives found out, immediate action was taken to arrest him and seize his assets.

"Our response to this isolated example of police criminality sends a clear message that there is no tolerance in the police service for criminal activity by anyone who works for us. The public must expect more of Sussex Police."

Det Ch Insp Steve Paice said: "To start with Graysmark tried to maintain that he had no knowledge of any criminal activity, but eventually it became clear to him that he could not continue with that pretence and he has now accepted that he knew money which was funding his comfortable lifestyle was the proceeds of crime."

Simpson, of the same address as Graysmark, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at an earlier hearing.

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