Money laundering and drug trafficking: Two sent to jail

A man who admitted possessing 22 bars of cannabis resin and £65,000 in criminal property has been jailed for three years and nine months by the Royal Court.

A second man who was arrested at the same time, who also admitted possessing or controlling criminal property, received a four-year sentence.

The Royal Court heard that between August and September, Anthony Spinola (35) and Darryn Rae (52) met three times.

Rae twice visited Jersey from his home in Portugal and met Spinola before depositing large amounts of money into NatWest and Barclays bank accounts.

On the third meeting in November, the pair were arrested when police caught them in Spinola’s car. A bag containing £8,000 in cash was found in the footwell.

Following their arrest, a search of Spinola’s St Helier flat uncovered 22 bars of cannabis resin – with a street value of between £33,000 and £44,000 – as well as a suitcase containing £30,000 in cash and a hallway safe with a further £35,205 in cash. The pair pleaded guilty to six counts of possessing or controlling criminal property. Spinola also admitted possessing cannabis resin with intent to supply, possessing MDMA and possessing criminal property.

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