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Overdrive Staff | June 01, 2012

Using steel wheels and electric power, FS transporters carry a standard-size freight container or an over-the-road trailer between two points 600 miles apart or shorter. Electrical single-unit transporters, elevated guide ways and a terminal are linked by an intelligent communications network for freight delivery.

— Jill Dunn

U.S. trucker jailed in Mexico

Demco Express driver Jabin Akeem Bogan faces charges on smuggling ammunition into Mexico after he missed his exit in El Paso and wound up in a lane designated for Juarez, Chihuahua. Mexican authorities imprisoned Bogan April 16 for entering the country with 268,000 rounds of ammunition bound for Phoenix.

The 27-year old Dallas resident said a law enforcement officer told him he could continue on the Bridge of the Americas, then do a U-turn and return to El Paso.

Bogan could face up to 30 years in prison on smuggling charges.

He is receiving a swell of support in the U.S., though, from fellow truckers and a congressman. Daniel Fuller of Hotels4Truckers.com started the FreeJabin.com website to provide information and contacts to express support.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) said April 27 he wants to “work with the Mexicans to develop a process to deal with individuals who inadvertently enter the bridge lanes and end up in Mexico.”

Carlos Spector, known for his asylum and immigration litigation, is representing Bogan.

— Staff reports

John Anderson to give free show

Award-winning country singer John Anderson will play a free concert for Great American Trucking Show attendees Friday, Aug. 24, at the Dallas Convention Center.

Country singer John Anderson, sponsored by Mobil Delvac, will perform at the Great American Trucking Show Aug. 24.

The Mobil Delvac-sponsored concert starts at 5:30 p.m., and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Mobil Delvac tent in the show’s registration lobby.

In the early 1980s, Anderson gained fame with hits such as “Swingin,’” “Wild and Blue,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “1959,” “I Just Came Home to Count the Memories” and “Black Sheep.” “Swingin’” was the Country Music Association’s 1983 Song of the Year

He returned to prominence in the 1990s with the release of his platinum-plus album, Seminole Wind. The lead single from that album, “Straight Tequila Night,” became a No. 1 hit on country charts. The album’s title track also reached No. 1.

He’s since released five other albums.

The 2012 Great American Trucking Show will have more than 500 exhibitors, the Pride & Polish National Championship, SmartSessions educational seminars and a Driver Recruitment Pavilion.

GATS will also host the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, produced in conjunction with Overdrive publisher Randall-Reilly and the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, prior to the show.

— Staff reports

SHORT HAULS

ROADCHECK 2012 is scheduled for June 5-7. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual inspection blitz employs 10,000 CVSA-certified federal, state and local enforcement inspectors to conduct truck and bus inspections at 1,500 North American locations.

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