Ray was arrested July 30, 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for drug possession. Canadian customs officials, making a routine inspection of incoming cargo at the airport, discovered small amounts of cocaine and heroin in a black envelope being sent from Los Angeles, California to Sharkey, who had been in Canada filming a guest stint on The Hat Squad for only three days. Police searched his hotel room and found an additional $550 worth of drugs. He was jailed and later released on bail. He was promptly fired from The Hat Squad and replaced by actor Kim Coates.