Man sentenced for money laundering – vehicle stop on M6 near to Charnock Richard

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Man sentenced for money laundering

A money launderer, who conspired to launder £621,000 has been jailed for a total of five years and six months.

Peter Gibson, 46, of Pole Barn Lane, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex was convicted following a trial at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 11 October.

A second man – John Rowe, 45, of Whitebirk Road, Blackburn – was acquitted of money laundering.

Gibson was arrested as part of a wide investigation by Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), into the supply of drugs across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

During the investigation, codenamed Operation Sienna, officers seized 50 kilos of cannabis with an estimated street value of up to £150k, along with cocaine, firearms, ammunition and cash in excess of £650,000.

Seven men have been previously sentenced as part this operation, totalling 30 years in prison.

John Rowe, along with Darren Kenny, 42, of College Path, Formby; Andrew Longden, 30, of Chapel Street, Bolton; Anthony Horbury, 29, of Dunsop Drive, Bolton and Darren Slater, 37, of Hurstwood Avenue, Blackburn, were all previously convicted of conspiring to supply cannabis. Longden was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice along with 38-year-old Derwin Sumner, of Bolton Crescent, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Rowe received four years and two months imprisonment for his involvement.

On 7 March 2012, Gibson, who was the director of an estate agents and removal companies transporting expats’ furniture to and from Spain, was stopped by officers on the M6 near to Charnock Richard, and two holdalls containing £571,000 and a further £50,000 in loose cash were found.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Martin Kane, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Gibson and hope it sends a warning to those involved in laundering illegally gained money.

“This investigation is another example of our commitment to tackling organised crime in Lancashire. We are focused on targeting these groups, disrupting their activities and removing large amounts of drugs, firearms and cash from the streets of Lancashire.

“We have seen seven men sentenced  to over 30 years in prison and removed drugs and firearms from the streets of Lancashire. I have no doubt that the £621,000 was from the sale of drugs and that Gibson took advantage of his international removals company to facilitate this trafficking from the European mainland.
“We will continue to dismantle organised gangs across the county – and beyond – so and will make it very difficult for criminals to profit from crime in the county.”
Anyone with information about drugs or drug dealing is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.”




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