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Lawyer allegedly linked to US drug lord charged

Published: Friday December 20, 2013 | 9:05 am Comments 0
Police packing files into a pickup truck during a raid on a attorney\'s Duke Street office. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Police packing files into a pickup truck during a raid on a attorney's Duke Street office. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Police packing files into a pickup truck during a raid on a attorney\'s Duke Street office. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Police packing files into a pickup truck during a raid on a attorney's Duke Street office. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

The Police have now charged the attorney arrested in connection to a multimillion-dollar money laundering probe under the Proceeds of Crime Act, 2007.

She is 55-year-old Dawn Satterswaite, of Cherry Gardens, St Andrew.

Three others, 53-year-old Paulette Higgins, of Norman Gardens, Kingston 2, 50-year-old Janet Ramsay of Bridgeport, Portmore, St Catherine and 40-year-old Ann Marie Cleary, of Woodlawn, Manchester.

Satterswaite is being investigated for what local law enforcement officials believe is her ties to admitted Jamaican drug dealer, Andrew Hamilton.

This was confirmed by her lawyer Anthony Pearson.

Hamilton, a former postal employee and a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, pleaded guilty in the US state of California to drugs, money laundering and firearm-related charges and is to be sentenced next February.

Pearson says up to late yesterday no charge had been filed against his client Satterswaite who has been in custody since Tuesday.

Pearson also confirmed that Satterswaite has done some work for Hamilton in the past.

Checks revealed that the Kingston attorney was one of several lawyers in a case brought by Hamilton's 83-year-old mother Dorothy Hamilton and other relatives and friends who sought to remove a court restraint on several multimillion-dollar properties linked to the confessed drug dealer.

The Assets Recovery Agency, through the court, got an order freezing Hamiltonís assets and has sought to have them forfeited to the State.

In court documents, the agency said between 2002 and 2009 the Jamaican drug dealer used the proceeds of his criminal lifestyle to acquire property and other assets in Jamaica with a cumulative value of $429.5 million.

It also said Hamilton had the properties registered in the names of close friends and family members, including his mother and children.

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