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Past Drug Arrests Do Not Appear to deter $16 million in taxpayer
funds from Defense Department
by Linda Baker
 Updated 06/09/13 04:55:46 PM   

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November 21, 2009 Colleyville, Texas
Prominent US Defense Contractor Arrested by Colleyville Police for Drug Possession...
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RICHARD RONALD RALEY, 50, of 3500 Cambridge Court in Colleyville. Colleyville PD - Two charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 3 = 28 Grams<200 Grams. Arrested at 2800 State Highway 121 (Euless) at 4:13 PM by Officer Brian Thorne. Raley listed his occupation as self-employed in Sales. His 2007 Hummer H2 was towed. Bonds totaling $40,000; bonded out at 7:45 PM on 11/05/09. (mugshot not available at press time)


 

According to records obtained by LocalNewsOnly.com Raley has previous arrests for DWI, Fraudulent Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving While License Suspended, and Theft of Service by Credit Card in Austin and Fort Worth.

LEANNA SUE GOBER, 42, of 1605 Reever Street in Arlington. Colleyville PD - Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 3/4 = 28 Grams<200 Grams, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 3 = 28 Grams<200Grams. Arrested at 2800 State Highway 121 (Euless) at 4:11 PM on 11/04/09 by Officer Brian Thorne. Gober listed her occupation as self-employed. Her Chevrolet 2500 was towed. Transferred to Tarrant County Correction Center where she remained at press time with Bonds totaling $50,000.

Two suspicious vehicles were observed by police on Wednesday morning, November 4th, in the parking lot of the Chase Bank at 5026 Colleyville Boulevard. One of the occupants, a white female driving a Chevrolet 2500 truck appeared to receive a monetary transaction from a middle-aged white male in an H2 Hummer.

Later that same afternoon, the owner of the Hummer, identified as Richard R. Raley, 50, who lives on a gated cul-de-sac in Woodland Hills in Colleyville, was seen driving east on Glade Road. Raley was followed by police to the Vineyard Village Shopping Center in Euless, at Glade and State Highway 121, where he parked the H2 in the parking lot in the area of the Ross Dress For Less store.

Richard Raley was again met by the woman in the Chevrolet, identified as Leanna Sue Gober, 42, of Arlington. Raley was observed by the police receiving a quantity of suspected drugs from Gober, and afterwards began to drive away. Colleyville Police, aided by members of the Tarrant County Narcotics Task Force, immediately detained the pair and put both under arrest for charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Leanna Gober was additionally charged with Manufacture/Delivery of the suspected painkilling drugs.

Procedurally, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner conducts testing to determine the exact nature of suspected narcotics before forwarding the results onto the Tarrant County District Attorney for further action.
 
Self-employed in Sales would be an understatement of Raley's business. Richard R. Raley is the President and CEO of American United Logistics, a massive inland cargo freight shipping company doing business in the Middle East, primarily in Kuwait and Iraq. According to public records, between the years 2000 and 2008, AUL received $16,358,245 in US government Defense Department contracts alone.
Raley is pictured in the striped shirt, as of October 21, 2009, American United Logistics has received from 2000 to 2008 $16,358,245 in Defense Contracts.
AUL released a press release in January 2009 about government contracts, the complete release can be read here.


In April, the National Defense Transportation Association issued Raley's company the NDTA Quality Award, stating:

"American United Logistics (AUL) continues to dominate the freight forwarding industry in Iraq by maintaining standards of excellence in customer service, support, and satisfaction. Operating in the most austere conditions imaginable, AUL maintains a .557% reported discrepancy standard for cargo delivered in Iraq, well below the industry standard of 1%. They accomplish this by taking pride in ensuring every piece of cargo is protected against the wartime elements"
"In coordination with the USC-05 ocean carriers, AUL delivered cargo on time, on target, and on average ten days ahead of the Required Delivery Date throughout FY08. Their demonstrated service record was instrumental in recent Multi-National Security and Transition Command decisions to shift all Foreign Military Sales cargo deliveries from North Port Umm Qasr to South Port Umm Qasr to facilitate the immediate handling and processing by AUL."
"The 840th Transportation Battalion says: "AUL's flexibility has provided a unique service by spearheading a remarkable collaboration in partnership with industry and sustainment of Coalition Forces in the theater'."

 

                
Richard Raley pictured between (Ret.) Lt. General Kenneth R. Wykle on the left and Major General James Hodge on the right receiving the NDTA award in Atlanta, Georgia on April 9, 2009.

According to public records obtained by Local News Only, Richard Raley had a previous drug related brush with the law in Tarrant County when he was arrested on September 29, 1999, for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance by Fraud. That charge was later reduced to a Class A Misdemeanor-Possession of a Controlled Substance, when the 371st District Court judge deferred the case down to Community Supervision probation.

Also on June 5, 2002, Austin Police arrested Richard Ronald Raley for Driving While Intoxicated, a Class B Misdemeanor. In March, 2003, Raley pleaded No Contest in a Travis County Court of Law, resulting in the $1,400 fine suspended down to a mere $400.

After his current arrest, Richard Raley immediately secured the services of a famed criminal Attorney and former Fort Worth Councilman, Jim Lane.

Raley's first phone call however, wasn't directly to his lawyer, according to an unnamed source. The initial call went out to Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Reportedly, Richard Raley has a suite in Cowboys Stadium in close proximity to Jones' own.

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