FBI raids Swift Transportations Memphis Terminal

Swift driving academy MemphisDepartment of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell announced Feb. 25 that the Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an on-going investigation of Swift Transportation in Memphis, according to a news release.

This action comes after the FBI executed search warrants today at Swift Transportation Commercial Driving School as part of the on-going investigation. The TDOS has a part-time driver license center located at the Swift facility in Memphis. The facility is open Monday, Thursday and Friday only. Effective Feb. 25, the TDOS has temporarily suspended the issuance of Commercial Driver’s Licenses at this location until the investigation is completed.

The TDOS has fully cooperated with the FBI in their on-going investigation and will continue to coordinate closely with federal authorities as the investigation continues.

Swift Transportation raidedIn addition to the Memphis Division of the FBI and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division (CID), other agencies involved in the investigation include the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT OIG), the United States Secret Service (USSS), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The United States Marshall Service (USMS) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Pending the investigation, this is all TDOS can release at this time, the news release stated.

Swift Transportation, headquartered in Phoenix Arizona, also has a Mexican unit, Trans Mex in Nuevo Laredo

  • What do you think all those agencies are investigating? Unless I missed something I didn't see what they were looking for.

  • Nobody seems to know at the moment.

    With all of the State and Federal Agencies involved, it could be anything,

    You know though, with the Secret Service involved, there is any number of things Mr Moyes could have gotten involved in.

  • BigDiesel

    What will the ileagals do now ????

  • Illegals? What illegals? Where in the story do you see anything to suggest illegal aliens??

    And besides, would you know an illegal if you saw one? Hell man, you can't even spell the word correctly!

  • BigDiesel

    It is "shocking" trailero would defend illegals…. Hopefully they will be sent out of OUR country…

  • After reading your comments on Class A drivers, it is obvious you are another troll who has nothing to add to the conversation.

    Again, and I will repeat, there is no mention of illegals anywhere in any report of the activities at Swift Transportation in Memphis. Only in the minds of people such as yourself, who feel the need to blame the "illegals" for all your personal failures in life, can they make a connection.

    And if there is something to do with issuing CDL's to "illegals", I'll bet the "illegals" are not from Mexico but from some middle eastern or European country.

    But then, that won't make any difference will it? Because in your mind and in the minds of people of your type, all Mexicans are illegal and all illegals are Mexican. I really pity you.

  • Billy

    I'm a Swift student. We have 5 Muslims in the class trying to get their Hazmat endorsement. Why in this day and age are we allowing this to go on? Any company that does this needs to be investigated. As far as the investigation goes Swift claims that they are not the center of the controversy, but that DMV location is strictly for Swift students. You can't tell me that Swift doesn't have some influence over what goes on there.

  • Matt

    I was there during the raid. I am a student at the school. When I went through all 23 days i had to work my but off to get through the training so the comments about the company haveing power over the inside DMV is BS!!!!!!! I think the DMV at the Terminal was more strict about the rules then any DMV I have been in my life. And this sucks just because all of the students that went through the training might be SOL!!!!!!

  • Matt,

    I doubt Swift has too much power if any over a state DMV office such as this one.

    The power would come from the ability to corrupt the individuals working in that office, and not necessarily the fault of Swift.

    And you are correct. Looking back at the Illinois CDL scandal, it is quite possible that students who received their licenses here, may be required to retest.

    About all we can do is wait and see what the basis of this investigation is. And let the trolls do the speculating and finger pointing.

    But as usual, I will continue to try and present the truth and the facts here. It will be up to the readers to make up their minds.

    Oh, and Matt, my pet peeve about Swift drivers! FAG, er FOG LIGHTS are for times when visibility is diminished due to weather factors, not because they look cool when they are blinding other drivers on a clear night.

  • Another person with a brain speaks out.

    BigDiesel wrote:
    Here is a site that defends the actions…

    http://mexicotrucker.com/2008/02/25/fbi-raids-swift-transportations-memphis-terminal/

    Syncrosonix wrote:
    i don’t see how anybody is defending anything. all you’ve done is draw conclusions that the investigation as the result of illegal aliens being issued commercial driver licenses. in your case, your conclusion is that it’s illegal aliens from mexico. i see nothing in that article implying either of which.

    Thank you sir! Good to see that some amongst us have a brain to do our thinking for us and don’t allow others with their prejudices to tell us what to think.

    By the way, this “Big Diesel” self described “Super Trucker” on the other board, is the one who injected the “illegal alien” crap into the discussion.

  • i too just grad. from swift shcool, I had to study my ass off to pass. This school isnt doing any wrong and the dmv at the terimanal is strict, i saw people sent home for there eye test.

  • BigDiesel

    This country The United States of America has no more room for the WETBACKS who come here to steal our jobs…. And I am PREJUDICED.

  • Hey Big Diesel! You working? You got a job? Then you have had nothing stolen from you. Does your neighbors all have jobs? Then nothing has been stolen from them either.

    Sure, you may know some around the trailer park without jobs, but chances are, those are the ones who expect the system to support them cradle to grave.

    What are you bitching about? We’re in an occupation which is secure from the illegals from taking our jobs.

    Why do you care? Nobody gives a shit about their fellow man anymore, unless it is for the opportunity to bash the Mexican. Then, we’re all our brothers keeper, correct!

  • Big John

    Please, Please get your facts from the Company itself. Too many uneducated Super Truckers have and always will take cheap shots at the Nations Largest Trucking Companies such as Swift Transportation. There are 15,000 Plus Drivers who work their asses off to earn a buck. I am one of them and I get crap every day out there. We are just trying to support our Families and just because we are the Biggest and The Best and have the finest on time delivery Record in the industry, those who are just a bit unemployed or worried about their own individual problems with not being affiliated with such a fine company are the ones who should take a hard look at becomming a Wal-Mart Greeter.

  • Mad Matt

    The bigest maybe but the best??? Not likely. Like all drivers we have to start somewhere to get our training. After that most of us move on to better paying jobs, or leave the industry becuse it more than most can handle. So not to bash the company why is the turn over rate so high???

  • Big John, I agree somewhat with Mad Matt’s comment. The biggest yes, the best, that is subjective. But what works for one might not for the next one.

    The point I tried to make here was wait until more information is available. Swift corporate certainly isn’t going to reveal anything other than to spin the situation in a manner to give them the best exposure.

  • Big John

    Looks like I spoke to soon..Update SWIFT WILL BE CUTTING 3,000 DRIVERS IN THE NEXT SIX WEEKS…THIS IS NOT JUST HEAR SAY, FACT FROM A V.P. IN PHOENIX..NO MORE NEW TRUCKS ARE BEING ORDERED AND THE SECURITYS AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS AFTER JERY MOYES ASS AGAIN. THE COMPANY IS IN VERY BIG TROUBLE, BIG SHOTS FROM CORPORATE ARE TRAVELING THE COUNTRY DOING DAMAGE CONTROL AND MAKING THE TERMINAL MANAGERS AND DM’S TELL DRIVERS THAT ALL IS JUST FINE AND TO “THINK POSITIVE”.
    i HAVE FOUND A NEW COMPANY THAT HAS OFFERED ME A VERY GOOD POSITION WITH GOOD COMPENSATION AND I WILL PRAY FOR THE NEW GUYS, HANG IN FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN CAUSE YOU NEED THE DRIVE TIME AND OTR EXPERIENCE IT MIGHT NOT PAY WELL NOW BUT ONE YEAR DOWN THE ROAD YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO SOMETHING MUCH BETTER. DRIVE THAT TRAILER NOT THE TRACTOR….

  • Just Me

    I arrived at the Swift Acadamy the Wed after the raide..The students in our class were given the opption to stay or we could leave and go to another acadamy..I was told by the company that it was the DMV that was being investigated…I don’t understand, if that is the case then why were the acadamy files all confescated…I don’t think people are getting the whole story…I personaly have chose to go through another company…That is JMO

  • According to all published reports, records, files and computers were taken from the offices of the Tennessee Drivers License Bureau, not Swift offices.

  • cementsailor

    Hey,

    good post on here, I want to follow the thread. Swift is a good company that has been around for awhile. I have been trucking since 1990.

    If this tells you anything…when I think of Swift, first I think of how many times Swift trucks have blinded me with those fog lights.

    Next I think of how many Swifts trucks Ive passed over the years. Not as many now but they were a 55mph company for a long time.

    I think of all the dogs, cats and birds that Ive seen the Swift drivers ride with. I always thought that was cool except if you slip seat and give the next driver a truck full of fleas and odors etc.

    I think about all the bad driving moves Ive seen, crashes and getting cut off etc that Swift drivers have done that Ive seen over the years. New drivers etc.
    Swift drivers arent any worse than other companies, so I am not even going to try to go there.

    It will be interesting to see what the raid is all about.

    I started driving with JB Hunt and IL had a DMV at our driving academy at Rantoul IL at the time. My guess is that Homeland Security is looking for stuff at the Swift academy.

    Good luck to all the truckers out there, new and old drivers. The most dangerous mile is the next mile you travel.

  • D B

    what is the latest as of June 08?

  • Yo quiero pner un negocio de partes de “Trailer” y ando en busca de un dibujo que tenga las partes en castellano o espanol.

  • James G. Jordan

    Please go back to college and forget about the trucking industry.

    If you don't listen to me now, you'll be sorry.

  • PMC

    James Jordan?

    What kind of comment is that and what does it possibly have to do with this old post?

    I've put almost 35 years into this industry despite having a college degree and figure another 13 will do it for me.

  • Vinny

    Im a driver trainer and i received students from memphis school. they were not teaching how to drive and the dmv was giving them there licence anyway. i have three buddys that got there cdl there and all of them had their cdls suspended. the school was not teaching and the dmv was still handing out cdls. that was the reason for the raid. they were also alowing illegels to get their cdl. fbi caught wind a shut em down everyone had to go to phenix students and instructors, and do it the right way. everyone that received their cdl in memphis swift term it has been suspended, and you have to reaply and retake all the test.

  • Swift Transportation is like being on the Titanic. Yes they thought that ship was unsinkable too. Leave the ship before you go down with the RATS