The company, owned by Kenyan native Dennis Mekenye was the former employer of Jabin “Wrong Way” Bogan, the Dallas trucker who entered Mexico with 258,000 rounds of NATO grade ammunition destined for an internet retailer in Phoenix Arizona. Bogan remains jailed in Villa Aldama Federal prison in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. For a short period of time, Mekenye was supporting his driver Bogan, but quickly abandoned him as his own troubles mounted.
According to the Out of Service Order against DEMCO issued in May, Mekenye and DEMCO EXPRESS was required to take certain steps to eliminate the “imminent hazards” listed in the order before they would be permitted to resume operations.
Among those requirements was that DEMCO must ensure and demonstrate that its vehicles are in a safe operating
condition, are in full compliance with 49 C.F.R. Part 393, and that they have an adequate maintenance program in place to ensure compliance with the FMCSR. It also required further training of drivers in hours of service rules, establishment of a drug testing protocol and a dispatch system to ensure drivers are in full compliance with HOS rules.
According to the FMCSA website, DEMCO Express was reexamined on 8/22/2012 and only marginally passed a safety compliance review, receiving a “conditional” safety rating. DEMCO is but a shell of it’s former self, listing only 2 trucks and 2 drivers on it’s carrier profile. Perhaps this is for the best as its owner, Dennis Mekenye, has previously shown he cannot operate a large carrier within the rules and regulations of the FMCSA. Perhaps the downsized company will be easier for a man of his limited talents.
But his past performance will continue to shadow him for at least another 24 months. Despite his reinstatement, his SMS scores in all the BASIC’s are in the 90+ percentile range, some showing violations received on the same day he received his out of service order.
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