In January of 2016, Ray was appointed Deputy Director of the Philadelphia-Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), a program of the Office of the National Drug Control Policy. The HIDTA program focuses on Mid to high level drug trafficking, Drug Trafficking Organizations and Cartels. Additionally, the HIDTA program is leading the national effort of Opioid overdoses and fatalities and the Heroin Response Strategy. The HIDTA program brings together federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies to work collaboratively on the drug trafficking problem.
Prior to his present position, Ray served nearly fourteen years as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office; District of New Jersey. He worked with numerous law enforcement and civilian agencies throughout the state on counter-terrorism and other crime related issues including collaboration building with Weed and Seed, Project Safe Neighborhoods, HIDTA and other federally funded programs. In his capacity as LEC, Ray facilitated or presented numerous trainings to law enforcement personnel, educators and community leaders in the areas of Extremism and Terrorist Beliefs and Organized Criminal Gang and Cult Behaviors.
Ray retired at the rank of Captain from the Camden City Police Department in 2001 where he commanded the Investigative Bureau. While there, he developed the highly successful MALL (Multi-Agency Life-Line) Program that sought to provide alternatives to the city’s youth.The MALL is a law enforcement centered outreach and prevention project designed to address the root causes of deviant behavior among youth and to strengthen families. Founded in 1993, the MALL consisted of more than 30 law enforcement, educational, corporate and social service agencies committed to the empowerment of inner city youth and included a Youth Advisory Team to advise the MALL Board in its planning.
Ray sits on the Executive Board of the East Coast Gang Investigator’s Association, the National Law Center for Children and Families Advisory Board, the New Jersey Violence Reporting Board and is a VIDOCQ Society member. He is married and the father of three girls and three boys, four of which are adopted. Ray received both his BA and MAS from Fairleigh Dickinson University.