DETROIT, MI – A federal jury on Thursday January 16th, 2020, convicted Richard Jackson on charges of sex trafficking using force and coercion, distribution of controlled substances, and maintaining a drug premises.
Richard Knider Jackson, 70-years-old, of Detroit, was convicted following a 5-day jury trial before United States District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III. The jury deliberated approximately 2 hours before returning their verdicts.
“This defendant treated his victims like goods to be bought and sold,” stated U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. “He targeted vulnerable women and exploited them for his own profit. He manipulated his victims’ drug addictions and provided them with a constant supply of heroin and crack cocaine. We hope that cases like this one will raise awareness that sex traffickers are exploiting victims in our communities.”
Richard Jackson was also convicted of distribution of heroin and crack cocaine and maintaining a drug premises.
Evidence presented at the trial established that a woman called 911 in 2016 pleading for help. When Detroit Police responded, the officers quickly determined that the location was used for human trafficking. In the home, officers observed a house in complete disrepair, with signs of intravenous drug use throughout the home. Defendant had installed a security gate within the home at the top of the stairs.
Sentencing is set for April 16, 2020. Richard Jackson faces a mandatory-minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and up to life.
Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Richard Jackson has an extensive criminal background dating back to 1978. He has previous convictions for:
- Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manf., Nar/Coc <50 Grams
- Robbery Armed
- Transport Contraband Into Prison
- Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
- Weapons – Carrying Concealed
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct
- 3 counts of Controlled Substance-Possess Narcotic/Cocaine < 25 Grams