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Ex Jamaican cop sentenced to four years in California prison

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Andrew Hamilton, the man who Jamaican authorities believe heads a half-a-billion-dollar criminal empire, has been sentenced to four years in prison in the State of California in the United States.



Law enforcement officials in the US say the prison term covers Hamilton’s conviction for money laundering and conspiracy to deal in marijuana.



The sentence was handed down on Tuesday.



Hamilton, who is a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, pleaded guilty to the charges last year.



Following his conviction, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency requested a civil investigation into his assets in Jamaica.



That’s when investigators from the Financial Investigations Division discovered that between 1998 and 2009 Hamilton managed to acquire 30 high-end properties valued at $500 million.



The investigation has since led to the arrest of Kingston attorney Dawn Satterswaite and three other persons linked to Hamilton on money laundering charges.



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