Episode 072: Juan Jackson – Corrupt Cops, Operation Shattered Shield (Part 1)

Retired agent Juan Jackson served with the FBI for 24 years. Most of his Bureau career were spent as an undercover agent working dangerous assignments in New York, Miami, Atlanta and cities throughout the country. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Juan Jackson is interviewed about his long term undercover role as “J. J.” a drug kingpin in the FBI Group I undercover case – Operation Shattered Shield. Juan, as his alter ego J. J., hired corrupt members of the New Orleans Police Department to protect his large-scale cocaine operation. The dirty police officers, maintained around-the-clock guard duty at the warehouse where the drugs were stored. During the investigation, monitors overheard officers repeatedly threatening violence against J. J. and his couriers. The case ended abruptly when the FBI wiretap also revealed that one of the officers, Len Davis, had ordered a hit-man to murder a woman who had filed a police brutality complaint against him. In addition to murder, Davis, his partner Sammie Williams and more than 20 other officers were convicted of extorting bribes and offering protection to a drug dealer. Juan Jackson received the New Orleans Police Department’s Medal of Valor for his contributions to Operation Shattered Shield. Post retirement, Juan Jackson has worked as director of security for several NBA teams. Currently, he is Director of Team Security for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Special Agent (Retired)

Juan Jackson

7/10/1983 – 12/10/2007










The following are links to newspaper articles and TV shows and documentaries about Operation Shattered Shield, the FBI’s long term undercover operation, designed to combat police corruption in the often troubled New Orleans Police Department:

FBI Files – Shattered Shield episode – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDWImuWeH54

The Times of Picayune –  Len Davis, eight other New Orleans police officers, charged in drug sting

The Advocate – A murder 20 years ago marked low point for NOPD | News

FRONTLINE: law & disorder: FBI Agents To Monitor New Orleans Police | PBS

Juan Jackson received the Medal of Valor from New Orleans Superintendent of Police Edwin P. Compass for his contributions to Operation Shattered Shield.











The New Orleans Medal of Valor.












Photo of Juan Jackson with FBI Director Louie Freeh. The inscription reads, “Dear Juan – My best wishes and appreciation for your outstanding efforts on behalf of the FBI and the nation.” Louie Freeh













Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedurals featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.


  1. AliMay 29, 2019

    Very beautiful episode

    1. Jerri WilliamsMay 29, 2019

      Thanks for listening!


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