IRS Attorney Busted for Being Crystal Meth Dealer
If you ever wondered if the IRS is on drugs, well… now you know.
An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney based in Washington, D.C., was arrested on Wednesday for conspiring with others to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Jack Vitayanon, 41, was taken into custody for his alleged role in a meth distribution chain that spanned the course of multiple years, according to a U.S Customs and Immigration Enforcement press release.
“Selling methamphetamine is a serious crime which is made more egregious when it is committed by a U.S. government attorney assigned to the Office of Professional Responsibility of the IRS,” Angel Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York, said in a statement.
Vitayanon, who works in the IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility, mailed the narcotics from his Washington residence to an address on Long Island, N.Y. through Federal Express, HSI charges.
“As alleged, the defendant – a federal attorney working for the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility – broke bad and supplemented his income by selling distribution quantities of methamphetamine,” stated United States Attorney Robert E. Capers for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).
Vitayanon is believed to have worked with people in Arizona and on Long Island in the distribution of the Schedule II narcotic. ICE’s HSI branch recently sent in undercover agents to negotiate deals with Vitayanon, including one such request on Dec. 15, 2016.
During a search of Vitayanon’s apartment, law enforcement officials found suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, packaging material and drug ledgers.