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Criminal Records, Bogus Licenses Among Truckers at Key U.S. Port
meyers | March 7, 2006 at 06:08 pmby
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a major security breach at the ports of New York and New Jersey... Truckers who transport much of the cargo are issued ID cards, which give them access to all areas of the port. the cards... were issued with virtually no background checks. The Department of Homeland Security recently investigated and found stunning gaps in security... of the 9,000 truckers checked, nearly half had evidence of criminal records. More than 500 held bogus driver's licenses, leaving officials unsure of their real identities.... The intelligence report found truck drivers had been convicted of homicide, assault, weapons charges, sex offenses, arson, drug dealing, identity theft and cargo theft. ... Truckers Involved in Drugs and Money Laundering... 33 ID cardholders were identified in narcotics-related offenses, including people arrested for the possession of cocaine and heroin. Others were involved in drug smuggling. In one incident, according to the report, authorities found 13 pounds of cocaine concealed under a truck's sleeper cab.