Dallas, TX, April 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – A prominent attorney with a high-rise office in downtown Dallas has been arrested and charged with drug money laundering in an investigation.
According to a federal criminal complaint, 51-year-old Ray Jackson was involved in an undercover DEA sting that laundered nearly $ 400,000.
The complaint says the DEA started a sting after an opioid trafficker they investigated told them he was using Jackson to launder money.
This dealer reportedly brought undercover agents posing as drug traffickers to Jackson’s law office, and then Jackson began laundering money for the undercover agents he believed were drug traffickers.
Investigators said Jackson deposited nearly $ 300,000 in a hidden DEA account last year.
Jackson was released on bail for money laundering on Friday after an initial court visit to the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas.
It’s the same courthouse where he has represented clients as defense attorney, including Don Hill, the late Dallas City Council member who was jailed after being convicted of bribery and corruption in 2009.
And Jackson has appeared as a guest legal analyst on FOX 4 on multiple occasions, including in the police shooting trial of Amber Guyger.
Jackson is also a current member of the Board of Directors of Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
“It is clear that he is being asked to launder money instead of providing some type of service or helping a customer with a transaction,” said John Helms. * *
Helms is a former assistant to the US attorney who is not involved in this case.
He said investigators provided more details than usual.
“They think they have a lot of evidence that this was really a corrupt deal,” he said.
Court documents say the drug dealer and undercover agent posing as an opioid trafficker met in Jackson’s downtown Dallas office last year.
The court documents state that when discussing the deal, undercover agent Jackson said, “It’s direct drug money.”
Documents state that Jackson replied, “I don’t care where the money is coming from.”
Investigators said the two negotiated a 4% fee and bonus.
Court documents show that Jackson proposed the formation of a “Shell Corporation” and the couple agreed on a trial run for $ 100,000.
Investigators said Jackson asked, “I can go anytime, right? As long as you have your money?”
The undercover agent replied, “When you’re ready to be ready, we will be done.”
Investigators said the following month a Jackson law firm bank account made three deposits into a hidden DEA account totaling $ 95,000.
Court documents said that three months later, 11 additional deposits totaling $ 285,000 were made in the Jackson law firm’s bank account.
FOX 4 has called and emailed the attorney representing Jackson and is still waiting for a comment on the allegations.
“Lawyers swear an oath to conduct themselves with integrity and uphold the rule of law. Instead, Mr. Jackson ignored his oath by allegedly laundering money for alleged drug dealers,” said incumbent US attorney Prerak Shah. “He specifically directed them how to keep breaking the law and benefiting from the devastation of our nation’s opioid epidemic by filling his own pockets. He must now face the consequences of his actions.”
“As claimed, Mr. Jackson used his law school not to advance justice, but to fill his own pockets, a true travesty of the law. The DEA will relentlessly seek out drug money launderers and seek justice that enables criminal organizations to take advantage of those.” who are dependent on controlled substances, “said Eduardo A. Chavez, the special agent in charge of the DEA in Dallas.
Jackson was featured on FOX 4 in 2015 after publishing his first novel, “Lone Justice”. According to the agency’s website, he was appointed to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors by the Dallas City Council in 2017.
He was released from prison after bailing out his passport.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for any transaction.
* (based on the complaint)
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